Listening exercises on topics related to French politics, news, and current events.
Listening topics: Basic French | Accents | Everyday French | Politics and News
2007 French Presidential Elections
In April and May 2007, France will choose a new president, but at the moment there are some problems with the normal electoral process, including an important candidate not yet meeting the requirements to be on the ballot.
In January 2006, the French government passed a labor reform law that sparked off protests around the country. Learn about the CPE and why it was so distasteful to French students and workers.
L'ETA et le Pays Basque
Introduction to the history behind the ETA, the Basque separatist movement.
Une Femme ministre de la Défense
Interview with Michèle Alliot-Marie, the first woman to head the French Department of Defense.
January 2006 marked the 10-year anniversary of the death of François Mitterrand, the first and so far only socialist president of France.
La gauche en France
Learn about the past, present, and future of the French Socialist party.
La Loi Evin
La loi Evin regulates the advertising of alcohol in France. Learn about this law and the reasoning behind it.
Riots in France
On 27 October 2005, riots began in a Parisian suburb and quickly spread across France and even to neighboring countries.
Ségolène Royal - présidente ?
Ségolène Royal is a socialist and is working hard to become France's first female president - learn about her platform and her struggle.
Nicolas Sarkozy for President
Nicolas Sarkozy is one of the front-runners in the 2007 French presidential election - learn about his platform and pro-American stance.