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  • 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
  • Jeffrey Epstein

    Jeffrey Epstein

    Last month, Jeffrey Epstein allegedly hung himself in his jail cell in New York. The 66 year-old disgraced financier, accused of sex trafficking crimes going back to the early 2000s involving women and girls as young as 14, was awaiting for his trial. Jeffrey Epstein had allegedly tried to harm himself several weeks before his suicide, and had been temporarily placed on suicide watch before being taken off. Questions have been raised as to how he was able to kill himself in this Lower Manhattan facility, considered one of the most secure federal prisons in the country. Investigations into his death have been launched, including one by the FBI. Victims and their families have expressed their frustration at not being able to confront him in court. Jeffrey Epstein had many important friends in business, political and society circles, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, and current U.S. President Donald Trump.

    allegedly/prétendument (ici, ... se serait ...) - to hang, hung, hung oneself/se pendre - jail cell/cellule de prison - disgraced/déshonoré, en disgrâce - to go, went, gone back to/remonter à - to await/attendre - trial/procès - to harm oneself/se faire du mal - watch/surveillance (anti-suicide) - to take, took, taken off/ici, faire sortir - to raise questions/susciter des doutes - to kill oneself/se suicider - facility/ici, établissement (pénitentiaire) - secure/sûr - FBI= Federal Bureau of Investigation - to confront/affronter - court/tribunal - former/ancien - current/actuel

    Publié le 2/09/2019
  • Andrew Cuomo

    Andrew Cuomo

    New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, has signed a bill allowing the city’s undocumented immigrants to have access to driving licenses. The bill, approved by the New York State Assembly and Senate, will reverse a nearly 20-year-old ban. Although Andrew Cuomo had supported this policy for over a decade, he did raise last-minute concerns before signing the bill, about whether the information about undocumented immigrants gathered by the state DMV could be obtained by federal officials and used for immigration enforcement. After consulting State Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, who assured him the measure contains ample protection for those applying for driving licenses, the governor signed what is seen as landmark legislation for New Yorkers.

    bill/ici, projet de loi - to allow/permettre - undocumented/sans papiers, clandestin - driving license/permis de conduire - to reverse/annuler, mettre fin à - ban/interdiction - to support/soutenir - policy/mesure (politique) - decade/décennie - to raise concerns/soulever des inquiétudes ; ici, exprimer ses inquiétudes - to gather/recueillir - DMV = Department of Motor Vehicles - official/fonctionnaire - enforcement/application (ici, de la loi sur l’immigration) - State Solicitor General/procureur général de l'État de New York - to apply for/faire une demande de - landmark/majeur, capital

    Publié le 9/07/2019
  • Jeremy Corbyn

    Jeremy Corbyn

    In the wake of the Labour Party’s disastrous results in the European elections – with less than 15% of the vote, the party fell behind the Liberal Democrats – Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has now pledged to support a second referendum on any Brexit deal. Speaking in Dublin, he said the only way to break the deadlock would be a general election or a second referendum after negotiating a softer Brexit deal with Brussels.

    Publié le 7/06/2019
  • Alfred Keating

    Alfred Keating

    In April, Alfred Keating, one of New Zealand’s former top-ranked military officials, was on trial. The senior naval officer was accused of planting a hidden camera in a unisex bathroom at the country’s embassy in Washington. He has just been found guilty by Auckland District Court and will be sentenced on June 25. Keating joined the navy in 1976 and was at the top of his career before he resigned in 2018 following the allegations.

    former/ancien - top-ranked/ici, haut gradé (to rank classer) - to be on trial/être jugé - to plant/installer - hidden/caché - to be found guilty/être reconnu coupable - to sentence/condamner - to resign/démissionner - allegation/accusation

    Publié le 29/04/2019
  • Jeanine Pirro

    Jeanine Pirro

    Jeanine Pirro, host for Fox News, stirred up controversy recently after claiming Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s hijab might be "antithetical to the United States Constitution" in her broadcast on 9 March. She suggested that Omar’s religious attire might mean she abided by Sharia, the religious law based on Islamic tradition. In response, Fox News publicly condemned Pirro’s comments and suspended her weekend show on the channel, Justice with Judge Jeanine, for a couple of weeks. Pirro’s fans, as well as U.S. president Donald Trump, have criticized Fox on social media for the decision.

    host/animatrice, présentatrice - to stir up controversy/susciter la polémique - to claim/affirmer, déclarer - Congresswoman/membre du Congrès - broadcast/émission - attire/tenue - to abide by/respecter, obéir à - show/émission - channel/chaîne (TV)

    Publié le 1/04/2019
  • Bernie Sanders

    Bernie Sanders

    Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont, has officially joined the 2020 presidential race. The 79-year-old self-declared socialist politician already ran in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, losing to Hillary Clinton. “Three years ago during our 2016 campaign, when we brought forth our progressive agenda, we were told that our ideas were ‘radical’ and they were ‘extreme.’ Well, three years have come and gone,” he said in his 11-minute announcement video. His proposals include enacting a “Medicare for All” health care system, and implementing a $15 an hour minimum wage for all American workers as well as free tuition at public colleges. One week after his announcement, the senator had already collected $10 million from 359,914 donors for his campaign, which establishes him as a financial front-runner in a crowded Democratic field.

    race/course - self-declared/autoproclamé - to run, ran, run/ici, se présenter à - primary/élection primaire (élection de sélection au sein d’un parti) - to/ici, contre - to bring, brought, brought forth/présenter - progressive/progressiste - agenda/programme (politique) - to come, came, come and go, went, gone/aller et venir; ici, passer, s’écouler - to enact/mettre en œuvre - Medicare/programme fédéral d’assistance médicale aux personnes âgées - health care/(système) de santé - to implement/mettre en place, instaurer - wage/salaire - tuition/(frais de) scolarité - college (US)/université - front-runner/candidat le mieux placé, favori

    Publié le 28/02/2019

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