Tag: france

Nice is attacked on Bastille Day

On July 14th, Bastille Day, France saw yet another terrorist attack.  Yesterday’s event was France’s third terrorist attack in 19 months. The attacker was 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel born in Tunisia. At around 10:45 pm, Bouhlel drove a 19-ton truck into a crowd of people who were celebrating in the streets. Behind him, he left 84 dead and 202 injured including many children. At first, bystanders thought that the truck was simply out of control and that the whole thing was a horrible accident. But they soon noticed that the truck’s headlights were off and the driver was not...

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Co-Pilot Responsible for Crashed Germanwings Plane

German police say that they have found a significant clue. The Germanwings plane crashed on Tuesday in the French Alps and killed all 150 passengers. It is believed that the co-pilot purposely crashed the plane. The pilot left to go to the bathroom and the co-pilot locked him out of the cockpit. This is when he crashed the plane. the cockpit of the plane: There have been rumors in the German media that the co-pilot had depression but the Police say they have found no evidence of this. They have searched his apartment and have taken a couple of things. They say that they have discovered something significant that they will take for tests, but they will not revel what the item is. the crash site of the plane Vocabulary: to crash (n), a clue (n), the cockpit (n), to lock someone out of a place (phrasal verb), purposely (adv), rumors (n), a crash site (n), Story and Photos:...

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Ebola virus is changing and becoming more dangerous

Vocabulary: to mutate (v), form (n), contagious (adj), blood sample (n), cure (v+n), vaccine (n), symptoms (n), to pass on (phrasal verb), to track (v), spread (n+v). Scientists who are studying the Ebola virus have said that it is mutating: the virus is changing its form. They are investigating whether the virus is more contagious than last year. Blood samples are being sent to France in order to study this. Ebola is a virus that is similar to HIV and Influenza (the flu): these types of viruses mutate rapidly; any cure or vaccine we have will not work on the new mutation. The fear is that Ebola has mutated so that some people who have the virus don’t show symptoms; they don’t look or feel ill at all. However, they are still contagious and pass the virus on to other people. Because they don’t show symptoms, it is more difficult to track the development and spread of the virus. Currently the survival rate of Ebola is 40%. The research in France will hopefully give scientists a clear reason as to why some people survive the virus and others don’t. They also hope to develop a vaccine against...

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You cannot name your child Nutella

Vocabulary: daughter (n), to laugh at (v), chocolate spread (n), court (n), teasing (n). In France today, a mother and father were told that they cannot name their daughter Nutella. The French court has decided that the name is not good for a child because other children might laugh at her. The judge said that it is not in the child’s interests to be named Nutella, which is a popular chocolate spread in France. He argued that it could lead to teasing and problems for the child in later life. The parents of the child did not attend court when the decision was made. The judge said that if they want, the parents can name their child Ella, instead of...

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3 Gunmen and 4 Hostages Killed in France

Vocabulary: warehouse (n), hostage (n), to fire (a gun) (v), injured (adj) The two brothers who killed the French Charlie Hebdo journalists on Wednesday have been found and killed by police. They were found in a warehouse 35km north of Paris. They had taken one hostage and came out of the warehouse firing their guns at the police. One police officer was injured. The hostage was not harmed. At the same time another gunman took hostages in a Jewish supermarket in the east of Paris. Four hostages were killed, four injured and fifteen escaped. This gunman was also shot dead by police and two police officers were injured in the incident. This gunman is believed to be a friend of the brothers. The French president, Francois Hollande, has called these events “a tragedy for the...

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