I didn’t feel like recording a “normal” episode this week – just wanted to express my sorrow after the Paris attacks in the night of November 13th. I will give you some French vocabulary related to the attacks that you would have heard/read in the news (so be warned, they are sad words!)
In the show notes I’ve included photos I took in our city of Melbourne on the night following the Paris attacks – a few monuments were lit in blue, white and red. Photography is an important means of expression to me and it was my way to show my family and friends in France that I was somehow with them, and thinking about them.
I’m also sharing my concern about the rise of a very conservative and nationalist political party in France that is benefitting from the fear and anti-Islam feelings fuelled by such attacks.
Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode
La une = the headline, the main title
Un attentat, un attentat terroriste, une attaque terroriste = a terrorist attack
Un attentat-suicide = a suicide attack
Une arme = a weapon
Tuer = to kill
Un tué / un mort = a fatality
Un blessé = a casualty
Une fusillade = a shooting, a gunfire
Un fusil = a gun, shotgun, rifle
Un otage = a hostage
Prendre (quelqu’un) en otage = to hold (someone) hostage
Une prise d’otage = a hostage situation/crisis
Un preneur d’otage
un carnage = a massacre
un massacre = a massacre, slaughter
le deuil = mourning
une guerre = a war
une enquête = an investigation
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