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Le Journal highlights local news stories from all across the French-speaking world and beyond—from an ultra-modern hospital in Burkina Faso, to a Mozart concert at the Opéra de Vichy, to protests in Tibet, and much more.

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Le Journal - Gourmet en Bretagne

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Shop at the market in Rennes, historic capital of Brittany, and join master chef Rachel Gesbert as she prepares delicacies into a delicious feast.

Le Journal - Le ski en Savoie

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

On the slopes, skiers at Les Menuires enjoy their winter vacations despite trying conditions. Who needs snow when you have fun!

Le Journal - Chocolats

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The French take their chocolate very seriously! This shop aims for nothing short of perfection, both in taste and design, and presents its creations more like jewels or precious coins than like bon-bons.

Le Journal - Le costume bœuf

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Costume rental shops in Paris start their season before Christmas. For New Year’s Eve, who wants to dress like Austrian Princess Sisi or wear a Scottish kilt?

Le Journal - Grève de l'EDF à Lille - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Workers for the power company in the city of Lille aren’t happy and want management to know it. So they sabotaged the grid, cutting off power to thousands of businesses and residences. Despite the inconvenience, the mayor, and even many residents, support the workers.

Le Journal - Grève de l'EDF à Lille - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Though we reported that some of the residents of Lille support the power workers and their blackout strikes, it turns out that not all of them do. Office workers shout from balconies to give the strikers a piece of their minds, and the workers respond in kind.

Le Journal - La Grande Muraille vue de l'espace?

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Even the Chinese agree with French astronaut Jean-François Clervoy: the great wall of China is NOT visible to the human eye from space, not even from a low orbit. Chinese astronaut Yan Liwei, who orbited the earth fourteen times in a Chinese spaceship, couldn’t see it either.

Le Journal - Cannabis en hausse chez les jeunes

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Cannabis use amongst French youth has more than doubled in the past ten years, and some parents are blaming it on their children’s erratic behavior. Specialists say that even moderate daily use can have detrimental effects on schoolwork.

Le Journal - Le Queen Mary 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

While no one denies that the Queen Mary 2 rightfully flies the Union Jack, she was built in France and this is where she sails when feeling homesick. As she comes to drop anchor on French shores, proud spectators come out to welcome her ashore.

Le Journal - Laurent Voulzy

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

As Laurent Voulzy is walking down the beach, he chances upon a fan, and sings a little duet with her. At his concert that night, she’ll be in the front row. Can that “change the face of the world”?

Le Journal - Le bac

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Students taking the baccalaureate exam must complete an essay, choosing amongst several possible philosophical and political themes. France 2 talks with some students about the experience, and asks some prominent politicians what they might have written if presented with the same task.

Le Journal - Le baccalauréat - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Meet a group of students as they prepare to take their baccalaureate test, a rite of passage for young French people on the cusp of adulthood. It can be a stressful time, but the students are pacing themselves well.

Le Journal - Le baccalauréat - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Like the SATs for Americans, or A level in the UK, the baccalauréat exam, or le bac, creates more than its fair share of stress in students, especially on the day when they find out the results, the culmination of an entire school career. Students meet outside the school where exam results are posted, and share the emotion of knowing whether they and their friends succeeded or not.

Le Journal - Retour sur scène de Julio Iglesias

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Julio Iglesias tours France for the first time in 27 years and is very warmly received, especially by the ladies. Julio not only sings a few songs in French, but can speak it as well, and proves as much during an on-camera interview.

Le Journal - Le rôle de sa vie

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Viewer Discretion Advised

French movie star Agnès Jaoui talks about playing a French movie star in the film Le rôle de sa vie. The film, which explores relationships between movie stars and average folk, is the directorial debut for François Favrat, who may become a celebrity in his own right if the film is a success.

Le Journal - Hôpital ultra-moderne à Burkina Faso

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

The French government has charitably given the people of Burkina Faso a new hospital, stocked with the most high-tech and up-to-date medical gear and patient facilities. The problem is, almost none of the local people can afford such a hospital.

Le Journal - Opérateurs virtuels de portables

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Virtual service providers hope to provide a cheaper alternative to the French mobile phone market. Debitel, a German company, hopes to reach would-be cell phone users who have not yet purchased a phone.

Le Journal - Préjugés chez les employeurs

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

“What’s in a name?” asks Shakespeare’s Juliet. Apparently quite a lot for the French, who consistently pass over job candidates whose names aren’t “ethnically French” – particularly those of African origin.

Le Journal - Indices révélateurs des glaciers

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

French scientists study 740,000-year-old Antarctic ice samples and find clues that point to a relationship between greenhouse gases and global warming. It is feared that the record high carbon and methane levels of today will cause severe climatic change in coming years.

Le Journal - Joëlle Aubron libérée

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Joëlle Aubron, who died in 2006, was freed in 2004 after more than sixteen years in prison. She was a member of Action Directe, a movement which was responsible for a variety of violent events in the 1980s, most notably the assassination of the head of Renault in 1987.

Le Journal - Les Malgré-nous/Massacre d'Oradour - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The Malgré-nous (Despite Ourselves) are the roughly 130,000 young Alsatians from Lorraine, many of them recruited by force, who served under the Nazis during World War II.

Le Journal - Les Malgré-nous/Massacre d'Oradour - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The Oradour-sur-Glane massacre took place over a half a century ago, but France still remembers.

Le Journal - Saint-Exupéry - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

A Lockheed P-38 Lightning, last piloted by noted writer Saint-Exupéry, who presumably went down with it on July 31, 1944, has been found and identified off the coast of Marseille. This gives credence to a local fisherman who, six years ago, claimed to have netted the author’s ID bracelet.

Le Journal - Saint-Exupéry - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Sixty years after the disappearance of literary great Saint-Exupéry, a commemoration is held on the Mediterranean Sea at the spot where his airplane fell.

Le Journal - Milady

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

“The Three Musketeers” is one of the greatest tales of brotherhoood in the Western canon, but this new movie from José Daillant shifts the focus to a female character, Milady, the story’s femme fatale. Look for the lovely and inimitable Arielle Dombasle in the starring role.

Le Journal - La chasse aux loups

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Two hundred sheep jumped to their death in the French Alps. Even though no predator was seen, wolves in the Alps have been causing a lot of controversy lately. Should we just allow Mother Nature to maintain the circle of life? Or should wolves be hunted and killed to protect the sheep and their shepherds?

Le Journal - Randy, le dauphin français

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Randy enjoys swimming in the bay of French coastal town La Rochelle. He enjoys accompanying boats and making friends with other swimmers. Experts, fearing he may get hurt in a propeller or harm someone accidently, are trying to persuade him to act a little less like Flipper and little more like the wild dolphin that he is.

Le Journal - La Martinique

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Martinique

Hurricanes are of course some of the most powerful and dangerous storms known to man, but they are also an occasion to enjoy the thrill of nature. As Hurricane Ivan approached Martinique, surfers took to the reefs and people gathered at the water’s edge to witness the approaching fury.

Le Journal - Le football - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Fans are boycotting Olympique de Marseille (OM), whose record hasn’t been stellar of late. Organizers say the team doesn’t deserve support and that the owners shouldn’t expect fans to continue filling the stands if something isn’t done to improve the level of play.

Le Journal - Le football - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

European football matches are known for the passion they inspire in their fans. The president of the international league is thinking of banning pre-game anthems, which seem to exacerbate the situation.

Le Journal - Marée verte en Bretagne

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Excessive algae blooms are causing what is known as “green tides” off the coast of Brittany, affecting ten percent of its coastline. Agriculture is the culprit, due to its extensive use of fertilizers and production of animal wastes, both of which make their way to the ocean and feed the algae.

Le Journal - Opéra et musique pop

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Buoyed by the wild success of “Les Choristes,” these young performers are having the time of their lives. Musicians, music directors, and music halls are all hoping their show will be appreciated by this audience.

Le Journal - Les Français de Côte d'Ivoire

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Long-time French residents of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) have been forced to flee the country due to political and racial unrest. Returning to France, they often feel like strangers in a strange land. Many of them, not so young, find that they have to start their lives again from scratch.

Le Journal - Les navigateurs du Vendée Globe - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

The Vendée Globe single-handed around-the-world race is one of the most grueling tests of man’s endurance against nature, with a little help from technology. The race starts, and ends, in the Bay of Sables d’Olonne.

Le Journal - Les navigateurs du Vendée Globe - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Sailing around the world in a boat by yourself might seem like the ultimate in machismo, but the Vendée Globe is not only a man’s game.

Le Journal - Les navigateurs du Vendée Globe - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Racing around the world by yourself often means a Christmas at sea. We drop in to the cabin of race leader Jean Le Cam, which has been decorated for the occasion, right down to a little tree.

Le Journal - Réchauffement de l'Arctique

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

It’s been suggested by some that global warming is a myth, but a large scientific study suggests otherwise. The first to suffer will be the animals that call the northern icecap home, such as polar bears and seals.

Le Journal - Le mur de Berlin s'écroule

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

On the 9th of November, 1989, the wall that divided the German city of Berlin began to fall along with the East German state that built it. Claudia Rusch, a young Francophile, was one of the first to scramble over what remained of the divide, meeting up with a French friend on the western side. She’s recently recounted her story in a book, which is a best-seller in her native Germany.

Le Journal - iDTGV - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Paris to Marseille for just 19 euros. Passengers are thrilled, but the ticket agent unions are not. These internet-only sale prices are putting their jobs at stake. Onboard, passengers can get a massage, or rent a DVD player, making for a more relaxing trip. Book your seat today!

Le Journal - iDTGV - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Rail travel between Paris and Marseilles used to be a lengthy ordeal. In 1950, the road trip took over ten hours, as did the train. By 2001, the TGV needed only three hours.

Le Journal - Baisers interdits dans les couloirs!

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

As a gift to journalists looking for a tongue-in-cheek story, French schools have banned kissing. Students ask, “Where’s the harm?”

Le Journal - Les ours en voie d'extinction

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Only four bears remain in Haut-Béarn, and all of them are male. Nothing can be done to save the population unless some females are introduced.

Le Journal - Nouveaux artistes pluriculturels

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Newcomers Kader Belarbi and Loumia Hiridjee are bringing fresh blood and talent to the French cultural and commercial landscape.

Le Journal - Concurrence des routiers étrangers

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In the US, many American truckers don’t want Mexican drivers on the road. A similar situation is brewing in France where drivers from other countries will do the same work for half as much pay.

Le Journal - Manifestation de paralysés

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Public transport has not always been easy for those who use wheelchairs, but the SNCF (French National Railway Company) has been making changes that make for a much more pleasant trip.

Le Journal - Le sida

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The mortality rate for people with AIDS in France is one fifth of what it once was. Not only that, but modern medications are much easier to schedule.

Le Journal - Un sportif handicapé

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Tanguy de la Forest is ready to fly off to the Paralympic Games.

Le Journal - Les Restos du Cœur

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

In 1985, ten million meals were served by Restos du Cœur. By 2004, that number had skyrocketed to sixty million.

Le Journal - L'Institut du goût

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Students at the Institute of Taste must carefully imbibe the finest of champagnes, delicacies, and other gourmet specialties.

Le Journal - Trop de pub dans la boîte à lettres

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Many French people claim they don’t like receiving junk mail, but marketers have done studies which indicate the opposite.

Le Journal - Voter: un droit ou un choix?

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

In France, one is registered to vote automatically upon reaching voting age.

Le Journal - La sécheresse

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The summer months have been very dry in many parts of France for the past several years.

Le Journal - Le Festival international du mime

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Today’s mime is a far cry from Marceau, whose clones accost you in the park.

Le Journal - Le photographe Cartier-Bresson

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Henri Cartier-Bresson is arguably France’s most notable contribution to the world of photography.

Le Journal - Un automne bien chaud

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

On the French Riviera when it’s twenty-three degrees Celsius in the middle of November, some of us are tempted to head for the beach and take one final dip.

Le Journal - Les championnats de planche à voile

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

X-Games: As though windsurfing wasn’t hard enough, they had to add a series of jump-obstacles to the race just to keep things interesting! Check out the “extreme kid” french voiceover… c’est formidable!

Le Journal - Les effets bénéfiques du rire!

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Sure, everyone likes to laugh, even the French, but can it really be good for your heart? Scientists seem to believe mais oui!

Le Journal - Manifestations des lycéens - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

All over France, students are protesting the loi Fillon, which they feel does not best represent the interests of students and their schools.

Le Journal - Manifestations des lycéens - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Peaceful student demonstrations were marred by the intrusion of young rioters, non-students who joined in and caused mayhem and violence. Now the student organizers have accepted the aid of union members and are working together to keep the march safe.

Le Journal - Le record du Tour de Monde!

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Even in his wildest dreams, Jules Verne never imagined a trip around the world in fifty days. But that’s just what Captain Peyron and the crew of the Orange Deux have done—breaking the previous world record.

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