More than a week ago already, Notre-Dame de Paris was ravaged by the flames. Since then, a lot has happened, including an announcement that Notre-Dame would be repaired in time for the Paris Olympic Games in 2024, as well as more than 1 billion euros donated to help doing so. After reading last week’s blog post called “Notre-Dame stands proud”, my student & friend Sharon felt deeply touched by Emmanuel Macron’s speech and decided to dedicate a class to transcribe it in French and then translate it into English.
Together, we decided to share our work with you!
Here’s what you can do to practice your French comprehension skills
1- Watch Macron’s speech by clicking on the picture below
2- Follow the video with the French text under the picture below
3- Check your comprehension with the English translation under the French text
1- Watch the video
2- Discours en français
Bonjour à toutes et tous,
Ce qui s’est passé ce soir à Paris et dans cette cathédrale Notre-Dame est évidemment un terrible drame, et je veux avant toute chose, avoir une pensée et des remerciements pour les sapeurs pompiers de Paris. Près de cinq cent d’entre eux depuis plusieurs heures se sont battus contre les flammes et se battent encore et le feront encore pendant des heures et des heures et sans doute plusieurs jours. Ils l’ont fait avec un courage extrême, un grand professionnalisme, et beaucoup de détermination de la part de leur chef. Et je veux ici leur dire les remerciements de la nation toute entière. Durant ces heures, grâce à leur engagement, à l’engagement de l’ensemble des services de l’État, de la mairie de Paris, des personnels de Notre-Dame, le pire a été évité même si la bataille n’est pas encore totalement gagnée. Les prochaines heures seront difficiles, mais grâce à leur courage, la façade et les deux tours principales ne se sont pas effondrées.
Alors je veux ce soir avoir bien entendu avant tout une pensée pour les Catholiques, les Catholiques de France et partout à travers le monde, en particulier en cette semaine sainte. Je sais ce qu’ils ressentent et nous sommes avec eux. Je veux aussi avoir une pensée pour toutes les Parisiennes et les Parisiens. Notre-Dame de Paris, c’est leur cathédrale et plus encore. Madame le maire de Paris était avec nous toutes ces heures et dès les premières flammes je sais son émotion et celle des habitants de la ville. Et je veux aussi avoir une pensée pour l’ensemble de nos compatriotes parce que Notre-Dame de Paris, c’est notre histoire, notre littérature, notre imaginaire, le lieu où nous avons vécu tous nos grands moments, nos épidémies, nos guerres, nos libérations, c’est l’épicentre de notre vie, c’est l’étalon d’où partent les distances et d’où l’on se mesure depuis Paris. C’est tant de livres, de peintures, c’est une cathédrale qui est celle de toutes les Françaises et de tous les Français même celles et ceux qui n’y sont jamais venus. Cette histoire c’est la nôtre. Alors elle brûle. Elle brûle et je sais cette tristesse, ce tremblement intérieur ressenti par tant de nos concitoyens.
Mais ce soir je veux aussi avoir un mot d’espérance pour nous tous et toutes. Cette espérance c’est la fierté que nous devons avoir, fierté de tous ceux qui se sont battus pour que le pire n’advienne pas, ces soldats du feu, fierté parce que cette cathédrale il y a plus de huit cents ans nous avons su l’édifier et à travers les siècles la faire grandir et l’améliorer. Alors je vous le dis très solennellement ce soir, cette cathédrale nous la rebâtirons, tous ensemble, et c’est sans doute une part du destin français, et le projet que nous aurons pour les années à venir. Mais je m’y engage, dès demain, une subscription nationale sera annoncée et bien au-delà de nos frontières. Nous ferons appel aux plus grands talents et ils sont nombreux qui viendront y contribuer. Et nous rebâtirons, nous rebâtirons Notre-Dame parce que c’est ce que les Français attendent, parce que c’est ce que notre histoire mérite, parce que c’est notre destin profond. Je vous remercie.
3- Discours en anglais
Bonjour to all of you,
What happened tonight in Paris and in this cathédrale Notre-Dame, evidently is a terrible tragedy, and I want first and foremost think of and thank the firefighters of Paris. About five hundred of them, for several hours, have been fighting the flames and are still fighting and will keep on fighting for hours and hours and undoubtedly for several days. They did it with extreme courage, great professionalism, and a lot of determination from their chief. And I want here to thank them on behalf of the whole nation. During these hours, thanks to their commitment, to the commitment of all of the State services, of the Paris city hall, of the Notre-Dame staff, the worst has been avoided even if the battle isn’t yet totally won.The next hours will be difficult, but thanks to their courage, the façade et the two main towers did not collapse.
So of course tonight, I first and foremost want to think of the Catholics, the Catholics of France and everywhere throughout the world, particularly during this holly week. I know how they feel and we are with them. I also want to think of all the Parisians. Notre-Dame de Paris, it is their cathedral and much more. Madame the mayor of Paris was with us all these hours and from the first flames I know her emotion and the emotion of the inhabitants fo the city. And I also want to think of all our compatriots because Notre-Dame de Paris, it is our history, our literature, our imagination, the place where we lived all our great moments, our epidemics, our wars, our liberations, it is the epicenter of our life, it is the base from which we evaluate distances, and from which we measure ourselves since Paris. It is so many books, paintings, it is a cathedral that belongs to all the French people, even the ones who never came here. This history is ours. So it’s burning. It’s burning and I know this sadness, this interior trembling felt by so many of our fellow citizens.
But tonight, I also want to send a word of hope for all of us. This hope is the pride we must feel, we must feel proud of all the ones who fought so that the worst would not happen, these fire soldiers, we must feel proud because this cathedral, more than eight hundred years ago, we were able to build it, and throughout centuries make it grow and improve. So I tell you very solemnly tonight, this cathedral we will rebuild it, all of us together, and it’s undoubtedly a part of the French destiny, and the project we will have for the years to come. But I’m committing myself, beginning tomorrow, a national subscription will be announced and far beyond our borders. We will call on the numerous greatest talents, who will come to contribute to our project. And we will rebuild, we will rebuild Notre-Dame because that’s what the French people expects, because that’s what our history deserves, because it’s our profound destiny. Thank you.
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