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  • Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary of couple of weeks ago. To commemorate the occasion, they shared a new official portrait of them looking at an anniversary card. The card was made by the two sons (George and Louis) and daughter (Charlotte) of Prince William and Princess Kate – three out of Elizabeth's and Philip's eight grandchildren. Though the couple has always been discrete about their union, Philip once said that "tolerance" was "one of the main ingredients of a happy marriage".

    wedding/mariage - a couple of/deux, quelques - grandchild/petit-enfant - once/ici, une fois - main/principal

    Publié le 8/12/2020
  • Amy Coney Barrett

    Amy Coney Barrett

    Amy Coney Barrett has now officially replaced Ruth Baden Ginsburg at the Supreme Court. Contrary to her predecessor, who was liberal, Barrett is ultra conservative. Here are three ways in which she could influence the elections and politics in the United States in general:

    - Donald Trump continuously asserts that the result of the election may be rigged, due to the large number of people voting by mail. If he loses, he can ask for the results to be examined by the Supreme Court – which, at present, is mostly on his side.

    In response to her nomination, Democrats may try to appoint more judges to the Supreme Court in order for it to be more liberal. This decision would be controversial, as it would change the way American law is administered.

    Prior to her appointment, Barrett was confronted on her views by several politicians – including Kamala Harris. The judge has refused to acknowledge the danger of climate change and is openly pro-life. Commentators fear that she may try and reduce access to abortion and greater equality for the LGBT+ and black communities.

    supreme court/cour suprême, tribunal de dernier ressort aux É.-U. - liberal/progressiste - to assert/affirmer - rigged/faussé, truqué, manipulé - mostly/principalement, en grande majorité - to appoint/nommer, désigner - controversial/polémique - law/droit - to administer/administrer, appliquer - to confront sb on his-her views/s'opposer aux opinions de qqn - to acknowledge/reconnaître - pro-life/contre la légalisation de l'avortement - abortion/avortement, interruption volontaire de grossesse (IVG) - LGBT/= lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender

    Publié le 2/11/2020
  • Nancy Pelosi

    Nancy Pelosi

    Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, reacted strongly to Britain's most recent set of Brexit policies. When Boris Johnson declared that he would breach the E.U. withdrawal agreement if a trade deal wasn't secured soon enough in the Brexit negotiations, Pelosi warned that there would be ''absolutely no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing in Congress'' should Johnson breach international law. This is a significant threat, as pro-Brexit politicians have long claimed that Britain could rely on a strong alliance with the Americans once they left the European Union.

    speaker/président - set/ensemble, série - policy/politique - to breach/enfreindre, violer - withdrawal agreement/accord de retrait (ici, de l'UE) - trade deal/accord commercial - to secure/ici, conclure - to warn/avertir, prévenir - should/ici, si - threat/menace - to claim/affirmer, déclarer, prétendre - to rely on/compter sur

    Publié le 28/09/2020
  • Michelle Obama

    Michelle Obama

    The former first lady has released the first episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast. After discussing light hearted topics, such as the life of the Obamas during lockdown – where they apparently tackled 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles – Michelle proceeded to open up about her mental health, asserting that the combination of lockdown, the U.S. racial divide and the complete laissez-faire of the Trump administration has led her to suffer from: “some form of low grade depression”. The news served as a powerful reminder that the current state of politics is affecting the mental health of many: according to USNews, one in three Americans have experienced symptoms of anxiety or depression in 2020 – three times more than last year.

    first lady/épouse du président des E.U - to release/sortir, diffuser - light-hearted/léger / topic/sujet - lockdown/confinement - to tackle/s'attaquer à - jigsaw puzzle/puzzle - to proceed/poursuivre - to open up/s'ouvrir, se confier - to assert/affirmer - divide/division, clivage - to lead, led, led/amener - low grade/léger, de bas grade - reminder/rappel - current/actuel

    Publié le 31/08/2020
  • 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

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