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Le Monde - Quelle est cette « Montagne d’or » qui fait polémique ?

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France, French Guiana

French Guiana is currently debating a controversial topic: the Montagne d'Or (Gold Mountain), in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The environmental impact is a major concern, and many people and organizations are opposing the project.

Le Monde - L’astrologie fonctionne-t-elle ?

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

This video from Le Monde explores the popular and scientific views of astrology. After a brief description of how birth charts are created, the video asks whether astrology "works" at all.

Le Monde - Nouvelle-Calédonie : la dernière colonie française - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France, New Caledonia

In New Caledonia, the last French colony, two societies continue to coexist: the descendants of the white colonists known as "Caldoches," and the native Kanaks, whose numbers were decimated by the colonists beginning in 1853.

Le Monde - Nouvelle-Calédonie : la dernière colonie française - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France, New Caledonia

In 1988, New Caledonia was on the verge of a civil war as the native population, the Kanaks, rebelled against economic injustice and demanded their independence. A violent incident on the island of Ouvéa prompted the French government to intervene and even bring in a SWAT team. More violence ensued as negotiations failed.

Le Monde - Nouvelle-Calédonie : la dernière colonie française - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France, New Caledonia

New Caledonia is still part of France and has not gained its independence despite lenghthy negotiations between loyalists and separatists. Now that the Kanak population is a minority, independence seems unlikely. For more info on New Caledonia, check out these links: https://bit.ly/3cnZgzs, https://bit.ly/2EWfOBG, https://bit.ly/2SyqOrw.

Le Monde - D’où vient le Père Noël ?

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Where does Santa Claus come from? Santa's history begins in the third century in the city of Myra in Turkey, then to the Netherlands, then finally to America and back to Europe. But where Santa lives still remains a mystery...

Le Monde - Sapin de Noël naturel ou artificiel, lequel est plus écologique ?

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Which is better for the environment: a real Christmas tree or a fake one? Find out in this video.

Le Monde - Astuce de chef : comment préparer et décorer des biscuits pour Noël ?

Difficulty: difficulty - Advanced Advanced

France

In this video, you'll learn how to make delicious sablés, a type of buttery shortbread, for the holidays. They keep for about three weeks, in case you don't eat them all at once...

Le Monde - Grève du 5 décembre 2019 : les manifestations massives en images

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In December 2019, people took to the streets of large cities all over France to protest the pension reform proposed by Prime Minister Édouard Philippe.

Le Monde - Coronavirus : bientôt la pénurie dans les supermarchés ?

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Will the French have to dine on cod liver or other such delicacies during this coronavirus pandemic? Can the food industry cope with the extra demand in supermarkets? Watch this video to find out.

Le Monde - Que faire des statues de la discorde ?

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, French people have started to remove statues tied to slavery and racial injustice. However, some statues have been relocated, annotated, or simply replaced rather than destroyed.

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