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

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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?

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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 - Laurent Voulzy

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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 - Indices révélateurs des glaciers

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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 - Concurrence des routiers étrangers

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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 - Les effets bénéfiques du rire!

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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

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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 - Les microcrédits

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France

Microcredit can make a big difference to people on welfare or those without good credit history. Case in point: this fifty-five-year-old man who succeeded in opening up his own pizzeria thanks to the help he received.

Le Journal - Dentisterie

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France

Will French dentists soon have their patients grow new teeth, instead of filling in the old ones? New techniques using restorative molecules and even stem cells (which can be found in the baby teeth of children) will go a long way toward helping people smile filling-free.

Le Journal - École de pilotage

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France

Ten months of training go into learning to fly a helicopter, but less time is being spent aloft. More and more flight hours are logged in a hyper-realistic simulator that allows young pilots to hone their skills without ever leaving the earth.

Le Journal - La grippe aviaire - Part 1

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France

Billions (oui, milliards!) of birds migrate from Africa every year, and with bird flu developing rapidly, their arrival to France is closely monitored at the Marquenterre National Park. Learn how French scientists and engineers there have taken innovative measures to make it difficult for the virus to settle in the mud where the birds like to feed.

Le Journal - La grippe aviaire - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Five of the nine districts of Lyon, the second largest French city, are being monitored for the H5N1 virus, better known as “Bird Flu”.

Le Journal - La grippe aviaire - Part 3

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France

Birds aren't the only ones who might feel their lifestyle's been a bit restricted lately. France’s rural cats enjoy a good hunt. But the avian flu has put the lid on sporting felines living in affected areas.

Le Journal - L'île de Pâques

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France

Twenty-eight years ago, Frenchman Michel Garcia fell in love with Easter Island, home of clear blue water and the breathtaking moai. Since then he’s kept busy as a diving instructor and doting father, and he even found time to discover a new species of shellfish!

Le Journal - Défilé de mode - Part 1

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France

The magic of Nicolas Ghesquière? Innovating, without betraying the heritage of the venerable fashion house of Balenciaga.

Le Journal - Défilé de mode - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Chanel and its “rock star” designer, Karl Lagerfeld; Loewe, the “Spanish Hermès,” and its creator José Enrique Ona Selfa; Yves Saint-Laurent under the direction of Stefano Pilati: each line offers a distinctive and beautiful collection.

Le Journal - Défilé de mode - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Which four designers’ collections are not to miss (if your income is in the seven digits)? Chanel, Yves Saint-Laurent, Loewe, and, for your delicate foot, René Caovilla and his sparkling handmade Venetian shoes.

Le Journal - Défilé de mode - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The last in our four-part series on Paris fashion week showcases the latest collections of Lanvin by Alber Elbaz, Christian Lacroix and his luxury ready-to-wear, Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs, and Hermès by Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Le Journal - À l'écoute de la douleur

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Pain, and how to better manage it, is becoming increasingly focused on by members of the medical community. Some hospitals have even appointed special doctors for pain management and a few are opening pain management centers.

Le Journal - Villepin

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Take a walk with Dominique de Villepin, during the latter part of his term as France's Prime Minister, through Marseilles in the south of France.

Le Journal - Maison écologique

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France

José Bové may be famous for having dismantled a McDonald’s, but it turns out he also knows a thing or two about building houses — all in line with his alterglobalist ideals!

Le Journal - Publicité anti-calories

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France

There are warnings on cigarettes, warnings on bottles of wine, but do we really need warnings on rich foods? Who doesn’t know that they can make you gros et malsain?

Le Journal - 2000 mètres sous les mers

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

A robot is sent into a deep ocean fault south of the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. Its mission: to explore mineral chimneys and collect the organisms that can live there without sunlight.

Le Journal - La violence à l'école

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

High school teacher Karen Montet-Toutain was the victim of one of the worst recent cases of school-related violence when she was stabbed by a student in her classroom. She has written a book about her struggles, and hopes for rehabilitation of her attacker.

Le Journal - La Coupe du Monde - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

During the 2006 World Cup, and despite criticism from several right-wing politicians, footballers Lilian Thuram and Patrick Vieira invited eighty former squatters from Cachan to see the France-Italy match.

Le Journal - La Coupe du Monde - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

This news report follows up on the squatters in Cachan, who receive good news from the mayor: after six weeks spent in a gymnasium, they're being relocated to a hostel with real accommodations.

Le Journal - Un petit prince japonais

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Le Journal reports on the birth of first male heir in the Japanese royal family in over forty years. Spoiler alert: His name is Hisahito, and he's doing quite well these days.

Le Journal - Au Liban

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

This news report documents a trek by UNIFIL into Hezbollah territory in Lebanon for a mission of observation.

Le Journal - Les vignobles

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France

Two women – one French, one American – speak of their new careers as vineyard owners. With the increasing popularity of New World wines, land in the Bordeaux region of France is becoming cheaper.

Le Journal - Al Jazeera

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France, Qatar

The largest Arabic TV network, Al Jazeera has been making its own headlines since 2001, for the depth and breadth of its coverage. This report from 2006 details the network’s evolution. Since then, Al Jazeera’s voice in international broadcasting has only become stronger.

Le Journal - La traite humaine

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Viewer Discretion Advised

Immigrants who travel clandestinely from Turkey to Great Britain often pay a far steeper price than the five hundred euros demanded by traffickers.

Le Journal - Apnée du sommeil

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Not only can sleep apnea keep you from getting a good night’s sleep, but it can also wreak havoc on your health, causing such serious health problems as brain damage and cardiovascular disease. Luckily, thanks to research by the National Scientific Research Center in Strasbourg and special equipment like oxygen masks, sufferers of sleep apnea may now be better able to get some rest.

Le Journal - Firewood

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France

The French lumber market sees a long-awaited recovery, after “the storm of the century.” Time to heat up that new log cabin with a crackling fire in the fireplace.

Le Journal - Falling Turbine Blade

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France

A blade fell off a wind turbine, causing a bit of alarm amongst nearby residents. Perhaps it’s time for an upgrade?

Le Journal - La bougie du sapeur

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France

This newspaper, called “The Sapper’s Candle” (a “sapper” is traditionally a military man who disarms mines), only comes out on the leap year. But how can a periodical published only on February twenty-ninth be financially sound? Maybe it’s true: less is more.

Le Journal - Le Polaroid

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Hipsters all over the world are surely mourning the loss of their favorite instant-nostalgia art medium: the Polaroid. With the recent closing of the last two remaining Polaroid factories in the U.S., it looks like that familiar and much-loved “ch-click-whrrr” sound will soon become a thing of the past. Polaroid has plans to soon launch products suited to the digital era. But can anything ever compare to the one and only original? Only time will tell.

Le Journal - Sarkozy en Afrique du Sud - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

A first look at French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to South Africa. He proposes a new axis in the capital’s “Francafrican” politics and shores up relations with English-speaking Africa.

Le Journal - Sarkozy en Afrique du Sud - Part 2

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France

On the final leg of French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to South Africa, the leader meets with Nelson Mandela (after visiting the cell where Mandela was imprisoned for twenty-seven years), and speaks about the importance of being a uniter—not a divider.

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