Attestation de déplacement dérogatoire

On 16 March 2020, the French government announced strict measures to control the spread of COVID-19, including total confinement for 15 days. Anyone leaving their home must show a signed copy of this document upon request. I've turned it into a reading comprehension exercise with side-by-side translation. Updated 20 March 2020





French election vocabulary
In French election years, newspapers are filled with an array of specialized words and phrases you might not be familiar with. Here's some essential vocabulary to help you make sense of everything.


News in Slow French

News in Slow French
News in Slow French is a weekly podcast aimed at intermediate-level French students. Native speakers report current events at a reduced but not unnatural pace, making it easier for you to understand without being overloaded by rapid-fire French.


Pain au chocolat vs Chocolatine

Pain au chocolat
Depending who you're talking to, those lovely little pastries filled with chocolate might be called pains au chocolat or chocolatines. This tasty debate has finally been settled once and for all - at least in theory. Find out more in this short, fun video with interactive subtitles.


Public Holidays

French holidays - jours fériés
Everyone loves a good public holiday, n'est-ce pas ? France has 11 of them, but they're not always paid days off from work. Learn about jours fériés in this audio article.


Demonstrations and Strikes

Demonstrations and strikes in France
For better or for worse, demonstrations and strikes are an important part of French society. Here's some vocabulary to help you understand the news as well as links to further information.

Gilets Jaunes Dancing Remix

Gilet jaune
Fun for your French class! This video combines music with current events (French President Emmanuel Macron talking to gilets jaunes) and includes interactive subtitles.


un gilet

GiletMot du jourThe normally innocuous word gilet is all over the news lately, so this French word of the day is free!