Une Maison de Retraite pour les Légionnaires

In this interview, Major Hensinger talks about a retirement home for members of the French Foreign Legion.

We recorded this back in 2002 for Fluent French Audio.

A warning about this interview – you will find it very challenging. On the other hand, if you work through it carefully, you’ll learn new ‘shortened’ versions for many words. For instance, there is a ‘mais avec‘ that sounds like ‘maec‘. Challenging, but that’s what you are here for, correct?

What I like about this interview is that the delivery reminds me of the French military people I know in my wife’s family: polite, but matter-of-fact. When my wife describes this style of speech, she uses an expression she picked up while living in the US: “no BS.”

I hope you enjoy it! – David Tolman.

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Cécile, a member of the parents’ association “Autisme 75”

Cécile says that, before the birth of her twins, she was “living on a super-highway:” straight down the road, everything humming right along, no surprises, no bumps; a supportive husband, a satisfying career…

A first shock was the premature birth of her twins, Louis and Pauline. A second shock was the diagnosis of autism for Pauline. She needed to talk with other parents and joined “Autisme 75.” Our journalist spoke with her about her journey.

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