练习 | CNN Student News: France Moves toward Electing a New Leader

练习 | CNN Student News: France Moves toward Electing a New Leader

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法国总统大选

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CNN Student News: France Moves toward Electing a New Leader

燕山大学 刘立军 宋葳 编写

◇TRANSCRIPT

Hello and welcome to CNN 10 on this last Monday of April. I'm Carl Azuz. 

The European nation of France is one step closer to having a new leader. Polls closed last night in the first round of its 2017 presidential election.

It's been divisive. And the nation is on edge following a terrorist attack that killed a policeman last week in the heart of Paris. ISIS claimed responsibility for that. 

The nation's current president, Francois Hollande, is eligible for a second term, but the socialist leader is not seeking, an unusual decision, though his approval ratings have been low for years. So, who he is? 

The two candidates who appear to set to face each other on a runoff are Emmanuel Macron and marine Le Pen. 

Macron is a centrist candidate who's socially liberal. He has promised that if he's elected, he'll improve the nation's economy and security and he'll work to support the European Union. 

Le Pen is the far right candidate, a conservative. She has promised that if she's elected, she'll put a temporary ban on legal immigration to French. She'll close Islamist mosques and she'll take France out of the European Union.

What's interesting here is that neither of the country's major traditional parties had a candidate advanced to the second round of elections. That vote is scheduled to take place on May 2nd. 

Adapted from 法国总统大选

◇VOCABULARY

1. divisive adj. (disapproving) causing people to be split into groups that disagree with or oppose each other 造成不和的;引起分歧的;制造分裂的。例如:
He believes that unemployment is socially divisive. 他认为失业会引起社会不稳定。
2. on edge: to be nervous, excited or bad-tempered 紧张不安;激动;烦躁
3. eligible adj. eligible (for sth.) | eligible (to do sth.): a person who is eligible for sth. or to do sth., is able to have or do it because they have the right qualifications, are the right age, etc. 有资格的;合格的;具备条件的。例如:
Only those over 70 are eligible for the special payment. 只有70岁以上的人才有资格领取这项专款。
When are you eligible to vote in your country? 在你们国家多大才有资格投票选举呢?
4. runoff n. (得分相同时的)加赛,决胜赛; (得票相同时的)决胜投票,决胜选举 A run-off is an extra vote or contest which is held in order to decide the winner of an election or competition, because no-one has yet clearly won. 例如:There will be a run-off between these two candidates on December 9th. 12月9日将举行这两位候选人的决胜选举。
5. centrist n. a person with political views that are not extreme (政治上的)中间派,温和派
6. mosque n. a building in which Muslims worship 清真寺

◇QUESTIONS

TASK 1:
Fill in the blanks with the information you hear in the news.

Candidate

Opinion

Emmanuel Macron

Macron is a centrist candidate who’s socially (1) ________________. He has promised that if he’s elected, he’ll (2) _______________________________ and he’ll (3) ______________________________ the European Union.


marine Le Pen

Le Pen is the far right candidate, a (4) _____________. She has promised that if she’s elected, she’ll (5) ________________________________________. She’ll close Islamist mosques and she’ll (6) _________________________ the European Union.


TASK 2:
Read the following statements. Then listen to the news and decide the statements are TRUE (✓)  or FALSE (û).

□1. This news is about the first round of France 2017 presidential election.
□2. ISIS claimed to be responsible for the terrorist attack that killed a policeman last week in the heart of Paris.  
□3. Francois Hollande is eligible for a second term though his approval ratings have been low for many years. 
□4. Le Pen has promised that if she's elected, he'll improve the nation's economy and security and he'll work to support the European Union. 
□5. Macron has promised that if he's elected, she'll put a temporary ban on legal immigration to French and he'll take France out of the European Union.
□6. The two candidates have different opinion about whether to stay in the European Union.

◇KEY

TASK 1:

(1) liberal
(2) improve the nation's economy and security
(3) work to support
(4) conservative
(5) put a temporary ban on legal immigration to French
(6) take France out of

TASK 2:

1. This news is about the first round of France 2017 presidential election.
2. ISIS claimed to be responsible for the terrorist attack that killed a policeman last week in the heart of Paris.  
3. Francois Hollande is eligible for a second term though his approval ratings have been low for many years. 
û4. Le Pen has promised that if she's elected, he'll improve the nation's economy and security and he'll work to support the European Union. 
正确的句子:Macron is a centrist candidate who's socially liberal. He has promised that if he's elected, he'll improve the nation's economy and security and he'll work to support the European Union. 

û5. Macron has promised that if he's elected, she'll put a temporary ban on legal immigration to French and he'll take France out of the European Union. 
正确的句子: 
Le Pen is the far right candidate, a conservative. She has promised that if she's elected, she'll put a temporary ban on legal immigration to French. She'll close Islamist mosques and she'll take France out of the European Union.

6. The two candidates have different opinion about whether to stay in the European Union.


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  • 来源:刘立军、宋葳 2017-09-18