France: Macron wins second term: BBC News Review reviews

February 4, 2023

Emmanuel Macron has been voted President of France for a second time. He won 58 percent of the vote against Marine Le Pen – a far-right candidate.

He promised to unite France and said that he understood many people had voted for him to stop Marine Le Pen getting into power.

Rob and Roy look at the vocabulary used in the headlines about this story.

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Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:29 – Story
1:36 – Headline 1: French election: Emmanuel Macron’s victory will be greeted by sighs of relief across Europe
4:33 – Headline 2: Opinion: Why Macron’s win is a big blow to Putin
7:09 – Headline 3: Why the EU’s future hinges on the French election result
9:44 – Language summary

Key words and phrases

sighs of relief
moments of relaxation after a serious problem

* She let out a sigh of relief when the shop refunded her money.
* I can breathe a sigh of relief now my contract has been renewed.

big blow
large unexpected negative event

* The rejection letter was a big blow to his confidence.
* When the funding was cut for the new station to be built, it was a big blow to the town.

hinges on
depends on something happening

* The merger going through hinges on the two sides agreeing to make concessions.
* My plans to go on holiday next month hinges on me getting a bonus.

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  1. I don't think you can use the expression 'hinges on' in; the success of this program hinges on Roy. Because its here like rely on.

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    Supreme goku Dark 🌑 February 4, 2023 at 12:51 am

    I'm from India

  3. ước gì có tiền ăn tết

  4. Welcome back to your wife and child Roy.. 💕💜

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    Thanks for giving such a beautiful informations.

  6. Thanks to the BBC Learning English team. I take this channel for my English lesson to improve my English.

  7. Experienced teachers

  8. Thanks for your lovely explanation

  9. Very nice video, thanks

  10. Congratulations!

  11. Mejority of people's leaning English hinges on BBC videos is it correct? Well thank you so much sir I appreciate your efforts keep uploading ☺️

  12. The summary is always to fast, i cannot read all 3 points

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    Меруерт Жаманова February 4, 2023 at 12:51 am

    Hello, I like to learn English with you, you help me to improve my knowledge! Thank you very much!!! But where is Catherine? I don't see her in reviews? I missed her

  14. I am really grateful for this channel, specially the news review show… They have educated me in terms of language…. Finally I have made it to UK for Postgraduate studies… I hope to see you in person and thank you

  15. For five years now, Macron has deliberately destroyed the unity of France. And, although he claimed he was going to unite the country, he will continue to divide it further. Once again, the French voted for him so that Marine Le Pen would not win. Otherwise, he would have received 28% of the vote. Macron is a farce

  16. Sunday meet no problem all passing ok

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    Junpei’s Rock Music World Hong Kong February 4, 2023 at 12:51 am

    Good to see you today, Roy. I hope I can see you soon there. Anyway, I’m glad you know some Japanese!!!!!

  18. there lived a prince named khurram. here what part of speech is named . can we use name if we do not use named

  19. Rob and Roy you're great. Many thanks

  20. To hear bbc learning english is a sighs relief of the problems

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    Анастасия Курочкина February 4, 2023 at 12:51 am

    The outbreak of covid-19 in Shanghai was a big blow for the country. My chances of studying in China hinge on the situation with this devastating virus. When the situation improves, it'll be a huge sigh of relief.

    Thank you a lot for your magnificent work, you are helping us all tremendously!

  22. With Rob and Roy I can to learn English and to smile so much…Congratulations!!! From Brazil!!!

  23. I thought working from home hinged on the evolution of the pandemic, it causes me a big blow to see so many people still doing it; since for me, the end of CoVid restrictions has been greeted with sighs of relief.

  24. Hi Rob and Roy thanks a lot for the lesson.I
    I feel sorry for the tough time to be separeted so long.
    Fortunately the nightmare is over.

  25. Thank Godness that Lady lost.. Nothing good would have come from her and her Team. I drank some French Champagne to celebrate Macron Victory🥂🥂🥂. Great Video as usual…

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    BBC Learning English February 4, 2023 at 12:51 am

    Hello! If you're enjoying our channel, why not hit the notification bell – we'll let you know when we upload a new video so you'll never miss a thing!

  27. Go ahead, honourable president Putin. The head of the governments of different countries can support robber U.S.A. to take alms to make their own fortune, but the people of 90% countries supports you. Thanks from Bangladesh.

  28. 👍👍

  29. I always love watching this video

  30. Thank you guys for this vidéos 😇😇

  31. Reply
    Егор Наумович. Гитара и аккордеон February 4, 2023 at 12:51 am

    why do you delete my comment?

  32. 👏👏👏👏👍👍👍👍✌️✌️✌️😎

  33. Rob ans Roy thank you a billion. It's absolutely bodacious!

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    Πετρος Νικου February 4, 2023 at 12:51 am

    Big blow hinges on

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