It's the presidential election year in France! Next week we will discuss the results and the French campaign with former French diplomat and author of the book Macron Unveiled Alain Lefebvre. This discussion will be in French and in order to make the most of this event, we thought we would provide some election related vocabulary. It’s time to whip out your flash cards!

Une urne

A ballot box

Un isoloir

A polling booth

Un bulletin de vote

A ballot paper

Voter par procuration

Proxy voting

Argumenter

To argue

Convaincre

To convince

Cote de popularité

Popularity rating

Un sondage

A poll

Un électeur

A voter

Un militant

An activist

Un parrainage

A patronage

Un scrutin

A ballot

Suffrage universel direct

Direct popular vote

Une carte d’électeur

A voter card

Le parti au pouvoir

The party in power

Un vote utile

A useful vote

Un vote de protestation (ou de contestation)

A protest vote

Un électeur indécis

A swing voter

Se rendre aux urnes

Go to the polls

Se porter candidat

Stand as candidate or run for election

Faire un discours

To make a speech

Soutenir

To support

Extrême droite/gauche

Far right/left

Voter blanc

To cast a blank vote (To learn more about this practice, see our other election blog post here)

Words that are similar in French and English:
Sénat/senate
Résultat/result
Abstention/abstention
Débat/debate
Référendum/referendum
Le candidat/la candidate//candidate
La démocratie/democracy
L’économie/economy
Election présidentielle/presidential election
Voter/to vote
Un Mandat/a mandate
La Majorité absolue/the absolute majority
Elire/to elect
Un décret/a decree
Premier tour / first round
Second tour/second round (to learn more about the process of the French election click here)

Want to learn more about the French election? Join us on Wednesday, April 27 at 11am!



Clémence Bary-Boloré

Cultural Programs Manager / Head Receptionist / Office Manager

Clémence has a Master’s degree in Cultural Projects Management. She worked in Paris for several years for theater companies. She likes discovering new cultures, people and places, which is why she crossed the ocean to start a new experience in Boston. She is glad to be part of the French Library to promote French culture and language. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, kayaking and all forms of art!

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