Lionel L
Intermediate
54 Videos

Lionel L. shows us some of his favorite places in Paris and provides commentary on contemporary French politics and social movements.

Lionel L - Le Canard enchaîné

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

According to Lionel, we hear far too much about Charlie Hebdo and not enough about Le Canard Enchaîné, which is about to celebrate its centenary in 2016. This quality satirical newspaper is in a similar vein to Charlie Hebdo. Both papers even shared the same cartoonist, Cabu, who sadly did not survive the January attack on Charlie Hebdo. Le Canard Enchaîné was no stranger to extremist threats either.

Lionel L - Nuit Debout - Journée internationale - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel L introduces a new social phenomenon called "Nuit Debout" ("Up All Night" or "Rise Up Night"). It's a protest movement born from a general discontent regarding politics, labor laws, and other issues. At 6 p.m. every day, people take to the streets of Paris to discuss ideas and air their grievances. The movement is gathering momentum in other cities and countries as well.

Lionel L - Nuit Debout - Journée internationale - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

In part two of "Nuit Debout" (Up All Night), Lionel explains how protesters gather every night at Place de la République in Paris to think of alternative politics for a better world. The "Nuit Debout" movement has its own coded language and even its own calendar!

Lionel L - Nuit Debout - Journée internationale - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Lionel concludes his series on Nuit Debout. The protest movement, expressing discontent with politics in general, is spreading. Lawyers have joined the fight, and the attitudes of the media and politicians toward the movement are slowly shifting.

Lionel L - Le 49-3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel discusses the French government's recent decision to invoke Article 49-3 of the Constitution in order to push through a controversial labor bill without a parliamentary vote. He also gives a brief description of the differences between the two houses of the French Parliament, the Senate and the National Assembly.

Lionel L - Les élections présidentielles françaises

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel shares his opinions on French President François Hollande's first term and on the upcoming presidential elections in 2017. He predicts a "new triangle" of presidential candidates: Hollande, Marine Le Pen, and Nicolas Sarkozy.

Lionel L - La Seine sort de son lit

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel tells us about the Seine's recent flooding, caused by severe weather conditions in Paris and surrounding areas. A statue of a French soldier below the Pont de l'Alma acts as an indicator of the river's water level.

Lionel L - Nuit Debout: Août 2016

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel gives us the latest updates on France's Nuit Debout protest movement. Though the movement is no longer centered around Paris's Place de la République, it's still gaining traction online.

Lionel L - Les Jeux olympiques de Rio

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

While the Rio Olympic Games were taking place, the Paris Mayor's Office installed a beach volleyball court complete with real sand in front of the city hall building. Parisians relished the opportunity to practice a sport that is not readily available in the heart of the city.

Lionel L - Le "Canard" a 100 ans

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The Canard Enchaîné (Chained Duck) recently celebrated its 100-year anniversary. The independent satirical newspaper, known for its shocking headlines, survived many controversies and even censorship. It still has an avid fanbase today.

Lionel L - La réforme du français

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel discusses the French Academy's latest spelling reform, which includes such modifications as removing the i in oignon (onion) and the circumflex in coût (cost). There's been a fair amount of backlash against the reform, though the changes are only recommended, not mandatory.

Lionel L - Loi travail: Suite et fin

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

A very unpopular labor law caused Parisians to protest near the Bastille before it was passed in 2015. President François Hollande invoked Article 49-3 of the Constitution to force this law through. The protests continued after the law was successfully enacted in 2016. For more information, you can visit the Nuit Debout and Convergence des Luttes websites.

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