Portraits français - Jeanne d’Arc

Jeanne d'ArcJeanne d'Arc is one of the most famous women throughout French history. Listen and then read our bilingual article, the third in our series of Portraits français.

Note: The tenses in this French article and its English translation don't match! In French, we use the present tense to describe historical stories like this to evoke a sense of immediacy, whereas in English, we commonly use the past tense - learn more about historical French tenses.

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TatianaC1Kwiziq community member

L’histoire de la France

Bonjour à tous ! I did a bit of the research and I would say le Dauphin and Charles d’Orléans are two different people. Le Dauphin, the son of Charles VI and Isabeau of Bavaria, became indeed Charles VII but Charles d’Orléans is the son of the assassinated Louis I d’Orléans, Duke of Orléans. 

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L’histoire de la France

Bonjour à tous ! I did a bit of the research and I would say le Dauphin and Charles d’Orléans are two different people. Le Dauphin, the son of Charles VI and Isabeau of Bavaria, became indeed Charles VII but Charles d’Orléans is the son of the assassinated Louis I d’Orléans, Duke of Orléans. 

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ElizabethA2Kwiziq community member

Hello, I am trying to understand why the article is written in present tense but the translations are in the past tense? Thank you.

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LauraKwiziq team member
Bonjour Elizabeth, thanks for writing. There was supposed to be a note at the top about this but it went missing. I've fixed it now, please take another look.
RaymondA1Kwiziq community member

One of my french teacher told me that biographies in french are always told in the present tense, as if the person is still alive in our minds. 

Hello, I am trying to understand why the article is written in present tense but the translations are in the past tense? Thank you.

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