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How France battles to keep French alive at Olympics

How France battles to keep French alive at Olympics
The French language will remain a staple part of the Olympic Games, and it’s no easy task.

« Mesdames et messieurs – bienvenue à la cérémonie d’ouverture des Jeux Olympiques… »

Even if you don’t speak a word of French, you probably understand the above after coming across it (or something similar) at each Olympic Games opening ceremony.

French may no longer be considered a global international language or even the language of Europe after the rise and rise of English in recent decades, but it is still an official language of the Olympics – a legacy of the Frenchman who founded the games Pierre de Coubertin.

And French authorities are determined to make sure their language remains one of the official languages of the Olympic Games.

The organization, which boasts 57 member countries, has sent a delegate, known as the Grand Temoin (Great witness) to each Olympics since 2004 to monitor that the French language is actually being used for the athletes and spectators, a move introduced after French started to become less popular as the use of English soared.

At this year’s games in Rio, the job has gone to jazz saxophonist Manu Dibango of Cameroon, who is there to perform but also to oversee that amount of French on hand.

‘It’s a struggle each time’

He told the New York Times that he saw the job as « being the flag-bearer of the 300 million people around the world who speak French ».
Dibango is expected to closely monitor the level of French used on signage and announcements and produce a report afterwards. Early signs look good too, with the announcements for the opening ceremony made in English, Brazil’s national language Portuguese, and French.

Previous reports from other summer and winter games, however, have included complaints that some announcements weren’t in French, or that new sports came without sufficient French terminology.

Michaëlle Jean, the secretary general of the International organization of Francophonie, told the paper that the job of keeping the Olympics in French was « a struggle each time ».

« We must be there to make sure the French signs and documents and information are there. We have 3,000 athletes and a lot of people in the public from Francophone countries, » she said.

So should everything be in French?

Well, quite simply, yes (according to the rules, at least). The Olympic charter specifically states that the games have two official languages, English and French.

This rule is a result of the fact that the modern games were invented by a Frenchman, Pierre de Coubertin, but are no doubt in place as well considering the huge population of the world that speaks French.

If we forget the rules, however, one can only wonder if having everything in three languages is really necessary.

After all, there are more people in the world who speak Spanish (not to mention Mandarin, Hindi, and Arabic) than French – so surely they should get a look in somehow?

And as for the live broadcasts, many countries will have their own native-speaking correspondents on the microphone anyway, talking over the often lengthy announcements in French, English, and Portuguese.

So does French really still have a place at the Olympic Games? The jury is out on this one.

Vive la France, le français et l francophonie !!!!

 

Liens résumés vidéos des principaux matchs de football (soccer) de début février / Links recap videos of the last main football (soccer) games from beginning of February

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Week-end des 5, 6, 7 février et aussi quelques-uns jusqu’au 14 février 2016.

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February weekend of 5th, 6th, 7th and some until February 14th 2016.

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Liens résumés vidéos des principaux matchs de rugby à XV de début février / Links recap videos of rugby union main games from beginning of February

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Week-end des 5, 6, 7 février 2016.

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February weekend of 5th, 6th, 7th 2016.

Rugby à XV / Rugby Union :

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Tennis Open d’Australie 2016, 2e tour résultats / Tennis 2016 Australian Open, 2nd round Results

Résultat match Tsonga Federer Nadal Djokovic 2016, tableau hommes Open Australie 2016, résumé tennis

Open d’Australie 2ème Tour / 2nd Round Thursday : Les résultats de jeudi

Résultats – Results  JEUDI 21 JANVIER 2016 –  Thursday January 21st, 2016

Rod Laver Arena

Ana Ivanovic (SRB, n°20) bat Anastasija Sevastova (LET) : 6-3, 6-3

Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP, n°3) bat Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) : 6-4, 6-2

Andy Murray (GBR, n°2) bat Sam Groth (AUS) : 6-0, 6-4, 6-1

A partir de 9h00 (heure française)

David Ferrer (ESP, n°8) – Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Julia Goerges (ALL) – Karolina Pliskova (RTC, n°9)

Margaret Court Arena

Gaël Monfils (FRA, n°23) bat Nicolas Mahut (FRA) : 7-5, 6-4, 6-1

Victoria Azarenka (BLR, n°14) bat Danka Kovinic (MNE) : 6-1, 6-2

Madison Keys (USA, n°15) bat Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) : 6-7, 6-3, 6-3

Angelique Kerber (ALL, n°7) bat Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) : 6-2, 6-4

Bernard Tomic (AUS, n°16) – Simone Bolelli (ITA)

Hisense Arena

John Isner (USA, n°10) bat Marcel Granollers (ESP) : 6-3, 7-6, 7-6

Laura Siegemund (ALL) bat Jelena Jankovic (SRB, n°19) : 3-6, 7-6, 6-4

Pas avant 8h00 (heure française)Radek Stepanek (RTC) – Stan Wawrinka (SUI, n°4)

Court n°2

Naomi Osaka (JAP) bat Elina Svitolina (UKR, n°18) : 6-4, 6-4

Milos Raonic (CAN, n°13) bat Tommy Robredo (ESP) : 7-6, 7-6, 7-5

Shuai Zhang (CHN) bat Alizé Cornet (FRA) : 6-3, 6-3

Jack Sock (USA, n°25) – Lukas Rosol (RTC)

Court n°3

Barbora Strycova (RTC) bat Vania King (USA) : 7-5, 6-4

Dudi Sela (ISR) bat Fernando Verdasco (ESP) : 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-6

Pas avant 7h00 (heure française)

John Millman (AUS) – Gilles Muller (LUX)

Court n°6

Joao Sousa (POR, n°32) bat Santiago Giraldo (COL) : 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1

Feliciano Lopez (ESP, n°18) bat Guido Pella (ARG) : 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS, n°21) bat Tatjana Maria (ALL) : 6-4, 6-2

Annika Beck (ALL) – Timea Bacsinszky (SUI, n°11)

Court n°8

Johanna Konta (GBR) bat Saisai Zheng (CHN) : 6-2, 6-3

Denisa Allertova (RTC) bat Sabine Lisicki (ALL, n°30) : 6-3, 2-6, 6-4

Viktor Troicki (SRB, n°21) bat Tim Smyczek (USA) : 6-4, 7-6, 7-6

Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) – Jérémy Chardy (FRA, n°30)

Court n°13

Madison Brengle (USA) bat Johanna Larsson (SUE) : 7-5, 4-6, 6-1

Steve Johnson (USA, n°31) bat Thomaz Bellucci (BRE) : 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

Court n°19

Varvara Lepchenko (USA) bat Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) : 7-6, 6-4

Stéphane Robert (FRA) bat Rajeev Ram (USA) : 6-1, 6-7, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5

 

Open d’Australie 2ème Tour / 2nd Round Wednesday : Les résultats de mercredi

Résultats – Results  MERCREDI 20 JANVIER 2016 – Wednesday January 20th, 2016

Rod Laver Arena

Maria Sharapova (RUS, n °5) bat Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) : 6-2, 6-1

Serena Williams (USA, n°1) bat Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) : 6-1, 6-2

Roger Federer (SUI, n°3) bat Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) : 6-3, 7-5, 6-1

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL, n°4) bat Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) : 6-4, 6-2

Novak Djokovic (SRB, n°1) bat Quentin Halys (FRA) : 6-1, 6-2, 7-6

Margaret Court Arena

Kei Nishikori (JAP, n°7) bat Austin Krajicek (USA) : 6-3, 7-6, 6-3

Belinda Bencic (SUI, n°12) bat Timea Babos (HUN) : 6-3, 6-3

Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP, n°10) bat Maria Sakkari (GRE) : 6-7, 6-2, 6-2

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA, n°9) bat Omar Jasika (AUS) : 7-5, 6-1, 6-4

Daria Gavrilova (AUS) bat Petra Kvitova (RTC, n°6) : 6-4, 6-4

Hisense Arena

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) bat Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS, n°23) : 6-1, 7-5

Roberta Vinci (ITA, n°13) bat Irina Falconi (USA) : 6-2, 6-3

Tomas Berdych (RTC, n°6) bat Mirza Basic (BIH) : 6-4, 6-0, 6-3

Nick Kyrgios (AUS, n°29) bat Pablo Cuevas (URU) : 6-4, 7-5, 7-6

Court n°2

David Goffin (BEL, n°15) bat Damir Dzumhur (BIH) : 6-4, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2

Marin Cilic (CRO, n°12) bat Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) : 6-4, 6-3, 7-6

Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) bat Xinyun Han (CHN) : 6-3, 6-1

Andreas Seppi (ITA, n°28) bat Denis Kudla (USA) : 7-5, 6-4, 6-4

Court n°3

Lauren Davis (USA) bat Magdalena Rybarikova (SLQ) : 7-6 WO (Walk Over) , abandon

Gilles Simon (FRA, n°14) bat Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) : 6-3, 5-7, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5

Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) bat Monica Niculescu (ROU) : 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

Court n°5

Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) bat Kurumi Nara (JAP) : 6-4, 6-4

Court n°6

Anna-Lena Friedsam (ALL) bat Qiang Wang (CHN) : 6-3, 6-4

Dominic Thiem (AUT, n°19) bat Nicolas Almagro (ESP) : 6-3, 6-1, 6-3

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL, n°27) bat Marco Trungelliti (ARG) : 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA, n°28) bat Nicole Gibbs (USA) : 6-1, 7-6

Court n°8

Federico Delbonis (ARG) bat Renzo Olivo (ARG) : 7-6, 3-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-2

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP, n°26) bat Daniel Brands (ALL) : 4-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-3

Monica Puig (PUR) bat Kristyna Pliskova (RTC) : 4-6, 7-6, 9-7

Court n°13

Daria Kasatkina (RUS) bat Ana Konjuh (CRO) : 6-4, 6-3

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP, n°24) bat Dusan Lajovic (SRB) : 4-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) bat Noah Rubin (USA) : 6-3, 6-4, 6-0

NFL’s playoff races almost all come down to Week 17

NFL’s playoff races almost all come down to Week 17

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The Denver Broncos’ overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night provided a little bit of clarity in the AFC playoff race, but not enough to render this weekend’s finales meaningless. In fact, there’s still much fun to be had on the final Sunday of the regular season (remember: there’s no Monday night game in Week 17).

Here’s how the playoff field looks in each conference after Week 16’s action. All times EST for Sunday’s games.

AFC

1. New England Patriots 12-3 (at Miami, 1 p.m. , CBS)

The Patriots have clinched a first-round bye. They will be the No. 1 seed with a win over the Dolphins. New England would fall to the No. 2 seed with a loss to Miami combined with a Denver win (the Broncos hold the head-to-head tiebreaker). If the Patriots lose and the Broncos and Bengals both win – giving the AFC three 12-4 teams – Denver would be the No. 1 seed and New England would be the No. 2 seed.

2. Denver Broncos 11-4 (vs. San Diego, 4:25 p.m., CBS)

The Broncos have clinched a playoff berth. They will be the No. 1 seed with a win combined with a Patriots loss. Denver will clinch a first-round bye with a win, a tie combined with a Bengals loss or tie, or a Chiefs loss or tie combined with a Bengals loss. If the Broncos lose and the Chiefs win, Denver will be a wild-card team.

3. Cincinnati Bengals 11-4 (vs. Baltimore, 1 p.m., Fox)

The Bengals have clinched a playoff berth and will play their first playoff game at home, no matter what happens Sunday. Cincinnati will clinch a first-round bye with a win combined with a Denver loss or tie, a tie and a Denver loss, or a Denver loss and a Kansas City win. Otherwise, they will host a wild-card game.

4. Houston Texans 8-7 (vs. Jacksonville, 1 p.m., CBS)

The Texans will clinch the AFC South with a win or a tie or a Colts loss or tie. They can also clinch the division with a loss and a Colts win, provided they win the strength-of-victory tiebreaker. That would mean a Houston loss, an Indianapolis win and a win or a tie from just one of the following teams: New England, Cincinnati, New York Jets, San Diego or New Orleans. Or, alternately, a Houston loss, an Indianapolis win and wins or ties by both Kansas City and Baltimore, provided both teams don’t tie. Got all that?

5. Kansas City Chiefs 10-5 (vs. Oakland, 4:25 p.m., Fox)

The Chiefs have clinched a playoff berth. They will clinch the AFC West with a win and a Broncos loss. Otherwise, Kansas City will be a wild-card team.

6. New York Jets 10-5 (at Buffalo, 1 p.m., CBS)

The Jets will clinch a wild-card berth with a win or a Pittsburgh loss.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers 9-6 (at Cleveland, 1 p.m., CBS)

The Steelers will clinch a wild-card berth with a win combined with a Jets loss.

8. Indianapolis Colts 7-8 (vs. Tennessee, 1 p.m., CBS)

As explained by NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus, the Colts’ chances of making the playoffs are astronomically slim. Basically, it starts with a win combined with a Texans loss. Then the following teams all need to win for Indy to earn the strength-of-victory tiebreaker over Houston: Baltimore, Buffalo, Atlanta, Denver, Miami, Pittsburgh and Oakland. ESPN puts the chances of this all happening at 0.03 percent.

NFC

1. Carolina Panthers 14-1 (vs. Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m., Fox)

The Panthers have clinched a first-round bye. They will clinch the No. 1 seed with a win or a tie, or a Cardinals loss or tie.

2. Arizona Cardinals 13-2 (vs. Seattle, 4:25 p.m., Fox)

The Cardinals have clinched a first-round bye. They will clinch the No. 1 seed with a win combined with a Carolina loss.

3. Green Bay Packers 10-5 (vs. Minnesota, 8:30 p.m., NBC)

The Packers have clinched a playoff berth. They will win the NFC North with a win or a tie.

4. Washington Redskins 8-7 (at Dallas, 1 p.m., Fox)

The Redskins have clinched a playoff berth and are locked in as the NFC’s No. 4 team. Their game against the Cowboys has no bearing on their playoff position. They will host a playoff game against either the Seahawks, Vikings or Packers on wild-card weekend.

5. Minnesota Vikings 10-5 (at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m., NBC)

The Vikings have clinched a playoff berth. They will clinch the NFC North with a win.

6. Seattle Seahawks 9-6 (at Arizona, 4:25 p.m., Fox)

The Seahawks have clinched a wild-card berth and will either be the NFC’s No. 5 or No. 6 seed.

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