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France has elected its youngest president ever. Neil and Dan teach you how to use the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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News Review

France elects a new president

France has elected its youngest president ever. 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron beat Marine Le Pen by 66 to 34 percent.

Language challenge

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron has won a resounding victory over his rival. But what does resounding mean in this context?

a) noisy
b) moving fast
c) very great

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The story

Voters in France have elected Emmanuel Macron as the youngest president in the history of the republic. Mr Macron, a liberal-centrist in favour of strengthening European unity, won a resounding victory over Marine Le Pen and extreme right-wing nationalists.

Key words and phrases

a landslide victory
winning an election by a very large majority

an uphill battle
something that’s difficult to achieve

a breath of fresh air
something or someone new, interesting and exciting

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review quiz

3 Questions

Now you've watched the video, try to answer these questions about the language in the news.

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Language challenge - answer

c) very great

End of Session 2

Join us in Session 3 for Pronunciation in the News - our video which teaches you pronunciation using the latest BBC World News bulletins. 

Session Vocabulary

  • a landslide victory
    winning an election by a very large majority

    an uphill battle
    something that’s difficult to achieve

    a breath of fresh air
    something or someone new, interesting and exciting