Hollande visits US 奧朗德訪美

更新時間 2014年 2月 14日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間12:00

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The White House

Hollande's visit to the White House is the first by any head of state since 2011

法國總統弗朗索瓦·奧朗德希望他的美國之行將提高他在國內的民信度,法國人對他整合國家經濟的能力抱有疑慮。這是自 1996 年以來法國總統首次對美進行國事訪問。以下是 BBC 記者 Christian Fraser 從巴黎發回的報道

François Hollande's visit to Washington signals a new era in US-French relations.

Forgotten are the days when France stood opposed to the US venture in Iraq; gone from the menu are the Freedom Fries. These days, the two countries find themselves largely in step on a wide range of international issues.

France's robust military response to threats in Mali and the Central African Republic, their tough stance on Iran's nuclear programme and Mr Hollande's willingness to strike the Syrian regime - albeit that the US stood in his way - have put France in a leading position among Washington's traditional allies.

Quiz 聽力測驗

Was the US willing to attack the Syrian regime?

No. France was willing to but the US stood in its way.

Do France and the US have the same opinion on many international issues?

Yes, they are in step on a wide range of international issues.

Did France respond strongly in the Central African Republic?

Yes, they made a robust response to threats in the Central African Republic.

Which word means a 'new activity which contains some risk'?

Venture.

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