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Mar 09 2009

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France Celebrates the International Women’s Day

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The 8th of March was made the official day for women worldwide in 1977 following a decision of the United Nations and the socialist government chose to apply it in France in 1982. Unlike many countries, this is not a day off but many events take place across the country such as a march in Paris where feminist associations, political parties and trade unions gather together in order to claim equal salaries and the expansion of the right to abortion fir instance. Indeed, according to a report given by the International Labour Organization (ILO), women are more likely to lose their jobs in the context of the international economic crisis. Moreover, a French woman out of three claims to have suffered discrimination on the basis of gender although they are generally more qualified and maternity is seen as a handicap to get a promotion by 16% of French women. Job equality will therefore remain the burning element in the debates that are taking place during the international day for women.
Here is the poster for an exhibition that is currently taking place in Paris.
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Many people were demonstrating on Sunday March 8th, and came most of the time from political parties from the left, trade unions or feminist associations such as ‘Ni putes ni soumises’:
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However, if the situation is still far from being perfect, some real advances have been made over the last decades and many laws are now preventing any discrimination based on gender. In politics, everyone remembers the final duet for the presidential race that was opposing for the first time a woman (Ségolène Royal) against a man. Furthermore, the principle of parity has been integrated to the French constitution in 1999 and in 2000, a bill was passed, forcing political parties to open up to women if they want to avoid financial sanctions. The current government is therefore made up of 15 ministers, among whom seven women:
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Finally, here is a vox pop that has been carried out in Paris the day before the international day for women. People are sharing their opinions about this special day and explaining what it does or does not represent to them:

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Mar 04 2009

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French Resources

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Bonjour !
I hope you are enjoying the weather, Spring is on its way!
Many of you have been asking me about different ways of improving their language skills. Well, apart from attending classes on a regular basis and make the best of them, why don’t you use the resources that are available here at WU ? There are also nice online resources that I would recommend to you.
To find them, just go to ‘My French Space’ and choose ‘Resources’. Some are also available here:
http://www.willamette.edu/wits/llc/languages/french/
And of course, to keep on improving it, don’t be shy and join the French Table on Tuesday from 12 to 1 in Goudy!

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Mar 04 2009

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Slam

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Bonjour à tous,
Je vous propose de découvrir un genre musical peu commun qui commence à faire ses preuves en France, le Slam, avec comme précurseur Grand Corps Malade. On peut trouver la definition du Slam sur son site web, voici un extrai:
“C’est quoi le slam ?
Il y a évidemment autant de définitions du slam qu’il y a de slameurs et de spectateurs des scènes slam.
Pourtant il existe, paraît-il, quelques règles, quelques codes :
- les textes doivent être dits a cappella (“sinon c’est plus du slam” ?)
- les textes ne doivent pas excéder 3 minutes (oui mais quand même des fois, c’est 5 minutes…)
- dans les scènes ouvertes, c’est “un texte dit = un verre offert” (sauf quand le patron du bar n’est pas d’accord…)
Bref, loin de toutes ces incertaines certitudes, le slam c’est avant tout une bouche qui donne et des oreilles qui prennent. C’est le moyen le plus facile de partager un texte, donc de partager des émotions et l’envie de jouer avec des mots.
Le slam est peut-être un art, le slam est peut-être un mouvement, le slam est sûrement un Moment… Un moment d’écoute, un moment de tolérance, un moment de rencontres, un moment de partage.
enfin bon, moi je dis ça…
Grand Corps Malade”
Je vous laisse une vidéo d’une de ses chansons et je vous invite à visiter son site Internet.

http://www.grandcorpsmalade.com/accueil.htm

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Mar 03 2009

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Willamette World News Blog

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Hi everyone,
I just want to draw your attention on our World News Blog which is a good way for you to become aware of what is going on in the world and especially in France.
New entries are published twice a month about different current topics and we are trying to make them as much as attractive as we can by adding pictures and short videos clips.
I hope you get the chance to check this out and let me know what you think.
Plus, I you feel like joining the World News community and have things to share, new contributors are more than welcome.
Have a nice day!
Here is the link to the blog : http://blog.willamette.edu/centers/llc/worldnews/ and this one is for the French section : http://blog.willamette.edu/centers/llc/worldnews/france/

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Mar 03 2009

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Sustainability in France

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There are many things that can be said about sustainability. Over the past few years, I think people in France have become more and more aware of the problems generated by the negative impact of non-recyclable items which jeopardize sustainable development. I think this feeling is shared in many countries in Europe. People get involved in many ways, from recycling sorting (which is the rule in almost every French city and village) to composting. In addition to that, in order to face the rise of price of gas, many people are more eager to carpool and environmental protection is now a central point in political debates.

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