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24.07.2021 Europe

Record abstention rates in France’s second round of regional elections

By Susan Owensby - RFI
Record abstention rates in France’s second round of regional elections
LISTEN JUL 24, 2021

This week on The Sound Kitchen you'll hear the answer to the quiz about France's second round of regional elections. You'll hear about Simon Bolivar Day and the Carnival of Awussu, the Tunisian hot-weather festival. There's music chosen by The Sound Kitchen's producing engineer, musician Erwan Rome, and of course, the new quiz question, too. Just click on the “Audio” arrow above and enjoy! 

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Another idea for your students: my beloved music teacher from St Edward's University in Austin, Texas, Br Gerald Muller, has been writing books for young adults in his retirement – and they are free ! There is a volume of biographies of painters and musicians called Gentle Giants, and an excellent biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., too. They are also a good way to help you improve your English - that's how I worked on my French, reading books which were meant for young readers – and I guarantee you, it's a good method for improving your language skills. To get Br. Gerald's free books, click here.

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We have a new RFI Listeners Club member to welcome: Peter Jones, who hails from West Sussex in Britain.

Welcome, Peter! So glad you have joined us!
You too can be a member of the RFI Listeners Club – just write to me at [email protected] and tell me you want to join, and I'll send you a membership number. It's that easy. When you win a Sound Kitchen quiz as an RFI Listeners Club member, you receive a premium prize, AND, you can join our Facebook page, the RFI Listeners Club page. You must ask to join the group, you must furnish your RFI Listeners Club membership number, I'll approve you, and then off you go! Peter, be sure you join!

This week's quiz: On the 3rd of July, I asked you a question about France's second round of regional elections, which were held on the 27th of June. Not many French voted, and I asked you to send in the percentage of French voters estimated to have stayed away from the polls.  

The answer is: A whopping 66 percent. Not very good, is it?

The winners are: Ferhat Bezazel, the president of the RFI Butterflies Club Ain Kechera in Ain Kechera, Algeria; Mahesh Jain, the president of the RFI Club Delhi in Delhi, India, and Siddhartha Bhattacharjee, the coordinator of the RFI Chaitak Listeners Club in Medinipur, India.  Rounding out the list of winners this week are RFI Listeners Club members Hans Verner Lollike from Hedehusene, Denmark, and Biswanath Mandal from Murshidabad in West Bengal, India.

Congratulations winners!
Here's the music you heard on this week's programme: “Caballo Viejo” by Simón Díaz, performed by the composer and his ensemble; traditional music from Tunisia; “Dynamite Bugaloo” by Gilles Douied and Jacques Mercier; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “Entre dos Aguas” by José Torregrosa Alcaraz and Francisco Sánchez Gómez, performed by Paco De Lucía and his ensemble, and the medley: “La bobine / Entre-deux / Les vignerons” by E. Elsener and P. Bouffard, performed by La Chavannée Cotillon.

Do you have a musical request? Send it to [email protected]

This week's question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until the 30th of August to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the September 4th podcast. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:
[email protected]
or
Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux
France
or
By text … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone. Dial your country's international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don't forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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