Au Courant Weekly: February 21, 2016

Feb 21, 2016

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~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #90


Pope Francis visited Mexico, visited the U.S./Mexican border to pay his respects and even shared his thoughts on the one of the Republican Presidential candidates.

President Obama will be visiting Cuba next month.

—In memory of those 90 lives lost on the tragic day in Paris on November 13th at the Bataclan music hall, the band who was playing that night, Eagles of Death Metal, returned for a concert at the Olympia concert hall.

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced on Saturday that a referendum vote which will determine if the United Kingdom should stay in the European Union will take place on June 23rd. The announcement came after an agreement was reached with the other 27 EU countries in Belgium.

National: United States

—Supreme court justice, Antonin Scalia whose death we learned on Saturday February 13th, lay in repose Friday February 19th. His funeral took place yesterday, Saturday at the largest Catholic church in North America, located in Washington D.C., the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and was officiated by his son, a catholic priest.


—Former President George W. Bush made his first political campaign appearance since leaving the White House.

—Saturday saw Republican voting in a primary in South Carolina and Democrats caucusing in Nevada. See the results here (South Carolina) and here (Nevada).

Health & Science

—   Want more profits? A study by the Peterson Institute for International Economics revealed that having women in leadership roles saw on average an increase of 15% to their bottom line.

Arts & Entertainment

—The death of the inspiring talented American author Harper Lee

Bendite Event of the Week

—Taste of the Town, Friday February 26th at Central Oregon Community College at Mazama Gymnasium, $35 (advance), $40 (at the door). All money raised benefit the scholarship program at COCC.

French Word of the Week

Le marché 

Bonjour, this is Géraldine from Comme une Franç I’m here to share the latest French Word of the Week: a simple very French word for your Simply Luxurious Life in France.

In France, people like to buy fresh products. And the best place to find them is “le marché”. If you’re visiting or living here, I recommend you find markets by googling the french city + marché. Easy.

You’ll find different kinds of markets in France, for example:

Un marché de producteurs is a market where famers sell their own products. If they are from the area, they sometimes say “marché de producteurs locaux”.

Un marché bio, is short for un marché biologique. Bio stands for organic, in French.

About the location of the market, we often assume that the market is outside. But some are inside we call them “un marché couvert”, the building they’re into is often called “Marché des Halles

However, there are not necessarly places to eat at markets. It may be just raw products. In des Halles, there are most of the time, places to eat as well.

If you’re not looking for food, there are other kinds of markets too:

“Un marché aux + something” has a specialty :

Un marché aux puces is a flea market

Un marché aux fleurs is a flower market

Un marché aux livres is a book market

Have fun!

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Thought to Ponder



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2 thoughts on “Au Courant Weekly: February 21, 2016

  1. I loved au courant! I hope you will bring it back someday! Its so refreshing to have a balanced view of the world with both relevant “bad” news but also what is good/interesting/exciting in the world. I like the idea of staying abreast of current happenings but so many news feeds are an overwhelming bombardment of tragedy and pessimism its tempting to tune out….

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