• Priti Patel

    Priti Patel

    Priti Patel has been Britain's Home Secretary since July 2019. An admirer of Margaret Thatcher, she is known for her ultra-conservative politics. Earlier this year, she devised the UK's new ''point based'' immigration policy, whose aim is to reduce the number of arrivals in the country. Lately, she openly expressed her disapproval of the Black Lives Matter protests, claiming they do not follow the government's lockdown guidelines, and urging the public not to take part in them. Many have pointed out her paradoxical viewpoint as Patel recently claimed she had suffered from racial discrimination at various point in her own life.

    home secretary/ministre de l'Intérieur - to devise/concevoir, imaginer - point-based/(système) à points - policy/politique - Black Lives Matter/("la vie des Noirs compte") slogan et mouvement dénonçant les violences policières à l'encontre des Afro-Américains - protest/manifestation - to claim/affirmer, prétendre - lockdown/confinement - guideline/directive, recommandation - to urge/exhorter - to suffer/subir

    Publié le 2/07/2020
  • Donald Trump

    Donald Trump

    The American President considers that the pandemic only confirms that he was right in adopting an America first agenda. In an interivew with Fox, he asserted that the far-reaching public health crisis would result in a large-scale return of industrial jobs to the U.S: “It’s all going to be back together, and in many ways, we’ve learned a lot. And we’re going to bring back manufacturing that we could never have done without this, as bad as this has been, because now people agree with me. A lot of people are saying, ‘Trump was right.’”

    America First/L'Amérique d'abord (slogan politique de Donald Trump) - agenda/programme (politique) - Fox News/chaîne de télévision d'information en continu (pro-républicaine) - to assert/affirmer, assurer - far-reaching/d'une portée considérable - large-scale/de grande ampleur - to be back together/ici, rentrer dans l'ordre - manufacturing/fabrication (secteur industriel) - as ... as/aussi ... que

    Publié le 25/05/2020
  • Michael Che

    Michael Che

    Saturday Night Live star Michael Che plans to honour his late grandmother, who died after contracting the coronavirus, by paying one month's rent for all those living in her public housing complex. "It's crazy to me that residents of public housing are still expected to pay their rent when so many New Yorkers can't even work," Che wrote in an Instagram post. "Obviously I can't offer much help by myself. But in the spirit and memory of my late grandmother, I'm paying one month's rent for all 160 apartments in the NYCHA building she lived in."

    Saturday Night Live/émission de divertissement hebdomadaire américaine - to honour/rendre hommage à - late/défunt(e) - rent/loyer - public housing/logements sociaux, HLM - crazy/fou, insensé - to be expected to/être censé, devoir (to expect/s'attendre à) - by oneself/seul - NYCHA = New York City Housing Authority/organisme public de l'administration de New York qui gère les logements sociaux et habitations à loyer modéré de la ville

    Publié le 28/04/2020
  • Tom Brady

    Tom Brady

    Quarterback Tom Brady is putting an end to his 20-year run with the New England Patriots. The famous NFL player, who will turn 43 in August, played in nine Super Bowls and won six of them with the Patriots, the most of any player in NFL history. He will reportedly be joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a deal believed to be worth roughly $30 million per year according to NFL Network.

    run/ici, carrière - NFL/National Football League - to turn/ici, fêter ses... ans - reportedly/paraît-il, dit-on (il devrait rejoindre...) - deal/contrat, accord - to be worth/valoir - roughly/environ - per year/par an - according to/d’après, selon

    Publié le 1/04/2020
  • Jeff Bezos

    Jeff Bezos

    The richest man in the world, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, announced that he would be donating 10 billion dollars to climate research. The Bezos Earth Fund comes after years of criticism that the billionaire was not doing enough with his wealth. He seems to be making up for this, as his charitable gift is the second largest in recent history. “Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet. I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change on this planet we all share,” Bezos explained on social media. “This global initiative will fund scientists, activists, NGOs — any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.” It remains to be seen what concrete measures his initiative will undertake.

    CEO = Chief Executive Officer/PDG - billion/milliard (billionaire milliardaire) - fund/fonds (to fund/financer) - wealth/richesse, fortune - to make, made, made up for sth/se rattraper, se racheter - gift/don - large/ici, important - threat/menace - alongside/aux côtés de, avec - to share/partager - social media/réseaux sociaux - global/mondial - NGO = non-governmental organization/ONG - to remain/rester - to undertake, took, taken/entreprendre

    Publié le 28/02/2020
  • Justin Trudeau

    Justin Trudeau

    A photo of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a Winnipeg-based doughnut shop has caused a confectionery controversy. It all started when Trudeau tweeted a photo of himself carrying boxes out of a shop called Oh Doughnuts. Some rushed to praise the Prime Minister, celebrating his support for a local business. Others criticised him for what they viewed as an overly "expensive" doughnut purchase. According to the shop’s website, an assortment of 12 "regular doughnuts" costs $35 Canadian, with assortments of 12 "specialty doughnuts" running as high as $47 Canadian. Considering the PM was seen carrying five large boxes of doughnuts with two smaller boxes on top, which amounted to quite a tidy little sum.

    doughnut/beignet - confectionery/pâtisserie (ici, un scandale pâtissier) - to rush/s’empresser - to praise/faire l’éloge de, applaudir - support/soutien - purchase/achat - according to/selon - assortment/assortiment - regular/classique - to run, ran, run, as high as/s’élever à - PM/Prime Minister - to amount to/représenter - tidy/ici, considérable

    Publié le 3/02/2020
  • Jonathan Coe

    Jonathan Coe

    Jonathan Coe won the 13th European Book Prize for his novel "Middle England", making him the last British author to receive this distinction, which is reserved for contemporary writers from European Union member countries. "Middle England" charts the state of Britain in the context of Brexit.

    prize/prix (récompense) - novel/roman - Middle England/(VF) Le cœur de l’Angleterre - to chart/retracer - state/état, situation

    Publié le 6/01/2020
  • Tina Turner

    Tina Turner

    Music legend Tina Turner is still 'simply the best'. The diva celebrated her 80th birthday by sharing a video with her fans on social media: "How did I think I would be at 80? Not like this," Turner said. "How is this? Oh, well I look great, I feel good." In recent years, Tuner has battled intestinal cancer, and undergone a kidney transplant. A musical about Turner’s life, "ina: The Tina Turner Musical," premiered on Broadway in November.

    to share/partager - social media/réseaux sociaux - to undergo, went, gone/subir - kidney/rein (ici, rénal) - to premiere/être joué pour la première fois

    Publié le 6/12/2019
  • Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift

    The American singer-songwriter has teamed up with veteran British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to write a new song for the film adaptation of the musical Cats. Swift will also perform the song, entitled « Beautiful Ghosts », as part of her movie début. The film hits cinemas in December and features Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson and Rebel Wilson.

    Publié le 12/11/2019
  • Mahatma Gandhi

    Mahatma Gandhi

    The 1st of October will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Indian political leader and spiritual guide. Born Mohandas Gandhi in Gujarat, India in 1869, he was part of an elite family. A lawyer by trade, his nonviolent approach to political change helped India gain independence after nearly a century of British colonial rule. A national icon, his philosophy of truth-focused, non-violent non-cooperation he called Satyagraha, led him to being referred to as Mahatma, Sanskrit for great soul or saint.

    born/né - to be part of/faire partie de ; ici, être issu de - elite/ici, aisé - lawyer/avocat - by trade/de métier - to gain/obtenir - nearly/presque, près de - rule/domination - truth-focused/attaché à la vérité - non-cooperation/désobéissance civile - to be referred to as/être surnommé - soul/âme

    Publié le 30/09/2019

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