How to Write a Report in French

1. What sort of report?

In French, « rapports » or « compte-rendus » give clear information about a wide range of topics such as business, interviews, science, education, literature reviews…
Accurate information implies objectivity, conciseness and clarity.
Therefore, you should avoid to use too long sentences and pointless words that add nothing to the message.
You will adapt your report to the addressee by giving the most important pieces of information in a chronological order for a football report or a thematic order for a literature review.

2. The Key Elements in Your report

1. Select the most important pieces of information, i.e. the useful elements for the potential reader: date, place, participants, main themes…
2. Do not give your opinion and do not make any commentaries.
3. Give a chronological or a thematic order with:
Title/ introduction/ sub-titles

3. Analysis of an Example

La dernière étape du Tour de France

Tous les concurrents se sont affrontés hier lors de la dernière étape du Tour de France 2006 dans le Massif du Pilat.
Après l’ascension difficile de l’Alpes d’Uez la veille, le maillot jaune vient de remporter à nouveau une victoire contre la montre. Avec des pointes de 55 km/h, les cyclistes ont parcouru avec aisance les quelques kilomètres de bitume avant d’arriver à St-Etienne en fin d’après-midi.
Interrogé sur ses impressions de cette dernière journée, le maillot jaune s’est félicité du bon déroulement de l’épreuve et de la bonne entente dans son équipe lors des épreuves les plus difficiles. Il compte profiter maintenant d’un repos bien mérité avec sa femme et ses enfants avant d’envisager sa participation au prochain Tour de France.

In the introduction you have information about the date, the place and the name of the competition.

In paragraph 1, you have a chronological report of the last day of the competition.

In paragraph 2, you have the winner’s impressions and his plans for the future.

The sentences are clear with clauses that add useful information about places, time…

« Passé composé » and « présent » in French are common tenses in informative texts.

Expressions such « après » and « avant » give a chronological order to the text.
The text is written in a very objective way. The winner’s impressions are reported though non-direct speech for example.
The text is very short with one-sentence introduction and about 2-sentence paragraphs.

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