Video en Anglais: Marrakech resilient

Voici un exercise d’écoute basée sur une vidéo du programme ‘Fast Track’, présentée par Michelle Jana Chan pour la BBC. Cet extrait de 6 minutes et demi présente la situation à Marrakech 1 an après l’incident de l’Argana. Dans cette vidéo sont interviewés en Anglais différents acteurs du tourisme et representants des autorités localese de tutelle.

Pour vous aider à comprendre la vidéo, nous vous conseillons vérifier le vocabulaire clé, vous assurer d’avoir compris les questions, voir la vidéo pour répondre aux questions et verifier vos réponses avec la transcription fournie ci dessous

Voici le vocabulaire clé

Resilient: Able to recover quickly from difficult conditions. (tenace, endurant, resistant)
a hoarding,  to haunt, the core, to coumpond
a resilience, in the wake of, a recovery, dusk
to mingle, to slash, an income, compelling, to prevail
to cope, fable

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Voici la transcription intégrale de ce qui est dit.

An early moroccan morning in Jamma El Fna, the main square in the heart of Marrakech. It’s still quiet, there are some walking to work, others stop to buy a glass of orange juice, or a bagful of dates.

A few tourists are already out exploring. This scene would not have looked too different one year ago, when on April 28th, just before mid-day, there was a loud explosion on the north side of the square. But business goes on.

Today could be the start of any other new trading day. Street cleaners are washing down the square after the fun of the previous evening, behind them is where the café stood, the white hoarding decorated in artwork.

Well the white hoarding that you can see behind me is what protects café .. Argana from .. sight from the rest of the square, and that’s a particularly haunting reminder of what happened .. last year. But nevertheless, cafés like this are still bustling with tourists.

The attack hit the center of one of Morocco’s most beloved cities, and the core of its tourism industry. Over the following months hotel bookings halved in Marrakech, a number which was also driven down by unrest in the region, as the Arab spring swept across North Africa. The slump was compounded further by the financial crisis, especially acute in Europe, Morocco’s most important market.

Yet the city is swiftly proving its resilience; on any evening in Jamaa El Fana, it can feel like nothing has changed in centuries, let alone in the months since that fateful day. Some tourists believe, even in the wake of last year terrorist attack, that there’s no reason to change their travel plans.

Johan Vandenheulen:
There’s always a place where something happens. I heard about .. the blast at .. April the 28 this year and I was .. yeah I was really upset when I heard that, because you don’t think that will happen in a place like this. But, but that doesn’t mean that.. I do not want to come anymore to that.. nice town here, that’s .. that’s nothing to do with that.

Abdellatif Ben Abdallah runs Marrakech Riads, a collection of traditional boutique hotels located in the Medina, the twisting streets of old Marrakech.

Abdellatif Ben Abdallah:
It’s true that quite a few things have happened. The Arab Spring, the terrorist attack in April, they both had a negative effect on the flow of tourists to Marrakech.. and we did experience some reduction in numbers over a few months, but since September we feel very positive. There are signs of recovery, and that all of these things are past.

As dusk approaches the square livens up. Magicians and snake charmers, musicians and fortune tellers are all here to entertain the visitors and tourists, who come to eat, to shop and to mingle.

Khalid Tijani
All what you can see here, whether is story tellers, herbalists and so on, em, it, there is something particular here, you can’t find in any other place in Morocco.

It’s not only foreign tourists coming to the city, there’s also been an increase in domestic visitors, from other areas of Morocco, since the recent construction of new highways, which have slashed journey times from Casablanca and Agadir. These visitors have also become an important source of income for the city.

Tourists today can be seen on the terraces of cafés all around the square, watching the entertainment play out below. Jamaa El Fna, for many, is too compelling a destination to miss, and as I heard echoed numerous times, terrorists can strike anywhere.

What happened in Jamaa El Fna can unfortunately happen anywhere in the world. Terrorism has become an international scourge, not limited only to Marrakech. Morocco has always been a place of tolerance, with different people: Arabs, Berbers, Muslims, Jews, can live in harmony. We believe that a single fanatic act will not change that.

Johan Vandenheulen:
Every day things happen like that .. someplace in the world, and .. if everybody’s going to stay home when things like that happen, em.. you have to stay at home, and, .. at home is only at home. It’s a pity that happened, but em, .. I come back.

That’s the kind of can-do attitude the country hopes will prevail among potential tourists. Morocco is not leaving it to chance, though. It says it’s begun to look beyond its traditional markets.

Khalid Tijani:
Our aim is to become one of the top twenty best destination in the whole world.

There are some who worry that the pace of change may be too quick for the city to cope. Ait Ben Abdallah believes for many visitors, their affection for Marrakech is largely down to its authencity and traditional aesthetic, the kind seen in its heritage buildings.

Abdellatif Ben Abdallah:
Over the last ten years, Marrakech has changed a great deal, and for me as a Moroccan, it may be a bit too quick. But I think the pace of change is slowing now, development is happening less rapidly.

Most concur that managing high volumes of tourists is preferrable to receiving no visitors at all, and that does seem to be the more pressing issue here, with nearly 10 Million visiting Morocco in 2011, up 2 million from the previous year.

The terrorist strike seems not to have had a lasting impact on the industry. Morocco’s fabled red city, and the square of Jamaa El Fna, are likely to continue to draw in and bewitch travellers.

Transcription par fulbridge

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