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dateline: 17 November 2015

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Paris Terror Attacks Mean France Is at War

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • declare: to make an official announcement
  • ISIS: Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also called ISIL or IS
  • claim responsibility: to admit that one did or caused something
  • intensify: to make stronger
  • coalition: a group that works together
  • state of emergency: a national situation that requires the government to take special precautions in order to regain control and normalcy

Paris Terror Attacks Mean France Is at War

Francois Hollande, the of France, has declared that France is at war, following the terror attacks in Paris on November 13. ISIS has claimed responsibility for six terror attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people and injured 350 more. The attacks took place at bars, restaurants, a , and a concert hall. Hollande said that France will intensify its military against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and try to establish a single military coalition with the US and Russia. There will also be a three-month of the state of emergency in France, which will include a greater police presence.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Francois Hollande?
  2. What happened in Paris on November 13, 2015?
  3. Why does the report mention the US and Russia?

Discussion Questions: Francois Hollande told France’s parliament that he will take full responsibility for the nation’s extra military spending in response to the Paris attacks. He says that at a time like this, security is more important than (economic) stability. Do you agree?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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