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French newspaper Libération has uncovered a private Facebook group that was used by a number of (mostly male) French journalists to harass and mock women. The founder of the group has apologised. Catherine and Dan discuss the story and teach you the vocabulary you need to talk about it.

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News Review

Exposed: Facebook bullying group targeting women is revealed by French newspaper

French newspaper Libération has uncovered a private Facebook group that was used by a number of (mostly male) French journalists to harass and mock women. The founder of the group has apologised.

Language challenge

What is the correct spelling of this word, which means 'behaviour which annoys, disturbs or harms someone'? 

a) harassment
b) harrassment
c) harassemant

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The story

Several French media executives and journalists have been suspended or fired because of their alleged involvement with a Facebook group used to bully female colleagues online. Reports say the closed group, called League of LOL, ridiculed women for years, cracking jokes about rape culture and targeting women with pornographic memes. Its founder, the journalist Vincent Glad, apologised on Twitter.

Key words and phrases

boys' club
situation or group controlled by men and often excluding others

  • My office is one big boys' club. They don't promote you based on skill.
  • People realise diversity is important now, so it's less of a boys' club at work.

ridiculed
made fun of (someone) in an unkind way

  • The class ridiculed Jacques for his mispronunciation of English verbs.
  • Celebrities who behave stupidly on camera get ridiculed on social media.

turns sour
becomes unpleasant

  • If I were you, I'd sell your shares before your investment turns sour.
  • If your neighbours are noisy, your relationship with them can turn sour.

To do

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Language challenge answer

a) harassment

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