The Reading / Listening - Yellow Vests Protests - Level 5

France is experiencing unrest it has not seen for decades. France is famous for revolution and has now been rocked by violent nationwide protests. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets and have brought chaos to businesses, transport and the French economy. The protests are led by the Yellow Vests Movement, so called because protestors wear high-visibility jackets. The protests started because of rising fuel prices, the high cost of living, and claims that new tax reforms are unfair for the working and middle classes.



France's President Emmanuel Macron has declared "a state of social and economic emergency". The violence has caused over a billion dollars in damages so far and this figure is set to rise. Paris has seen the worst of the protests. To make people happier, Mr Macron will cancel his proposed fuel-price rise, deliver tax relief for the poor, and cancel a retirement tax. He called for the chaos to end and for calm to return. He said: "No anger justifies attacking a police officer...or damaging a shop or public building. When violence is unleashed, freedom ends."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Yellow Vests Protests - Level 4 or  Yellow Vests Protests - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.npr.org/2018/12/10/675425153/macron-promises-minimum-wage-hike-and-tax-cuts-to-end-yellow-vest-protests
  • https://www.thelocal.fr/20181210/bank-of-france-yellow-vest-violence-wipes
  • https://www.liberationnews.org/french-mass-rebellion-grows-and-deepens/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. rocked by violent
  2. Hundreds of
  3. brought chaos
  4. protestors wear high-visibility
  5. rising fuel
  6. the high cost
  7. tax reforms
  8. the working and
  1. jackets
  2. middle classes
  3. nationwide protests
  4. of living
  5. are unfair
  6. to businesses
  7. thousands of people
  8. prices

Paragraph 2

  1. a state of social and economic
  2. a billion dollars in
  3. Paris has seen the worst
  4. cancel his proposed fuel-
  5. deliver tax
  6. He called for the
  7. No anger justifies
  8. When violence is
  1. attacking a police officer
  2. relief for the poor
  3. emergency
  4. chaos to end
  5. of the protests
  6. unleashed, freedom ends
  7. damages
  8. price rise

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

France is experiencing unrest it has (1) ___________________ decades. France is famous for revolution and has now (2) ___________________ violent nationwide protests. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets and have (3) ___________________ businesses, transport and the French economy. The (4) ___________________ by the Yellow Vests Movement, so called because protestors wear high-visibility jackets. The protests started (5) ___________________ fuel prices, the high cost of living, and claims that (6) ___________________ are unfair for the working and middle classes.

France's President Emmanuel Macron (7) ___________________ state of social and economic emergency". The violence has caused over a billion dollars in (8) ___________________ and this figure is set to rise. Paris has seen the (9) ___________________ protests. To make people happier, Mr Macron will cancel his proposed fuel-price rise, (10) ___________________ for the poor, and cancel a retirement tax. He called for (11) ___________________ end and for calm to return. He said: "No anger justifies attacking a police officer...or damaging a shop or public building. When (12) ___________________, freedom ends."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Franceisexperiencingunrestithasnotseenfordecades.Franceisfamou
sforrevolutionandhasnowbeenrockedbyviolentnationwideprotests.
Hundredsofthousandsofpeoplehavetakentothestreetsandhavebrou
ghtchaostobusinesses,transportandtheFrencheconomy.Theprotest
sareledbytheYellowVestsMovement,socalledbecauseprotestorswea
rhigh-visibilityjackets.Theprotestsstartedbecauseofrisingfuelprices
,thehighcostofliving,andclaimsthatnewtaxreformsareunfairforthew
orkingandmiddleclasses.France'sPresidentEmmanuelMacronhasde
clared"astateofsocialandeconomicemergency".Theviolencehascaus
edoverabilliondollarsindamagessofarandthisfigureissettorise.Parish
asseentheworstoftheprotests.Tomakepeoplehappier,MrMacronwillc
ancelhisproposedfuel-pricerise,delivertaxreliefforthepoor,andcan
celaretirementtax.Hecalledforthechaostoendandforcalmtoreturn.H
esaid:"Noangerjustifiesattackingapoliceofficer...ordamagingashop
orpublicbuilding.Whenviolenceisunleashed,freedomends."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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