The Daily Telegraph

France demands that its future leaders must speak English
The Daily Telegraph

France’s elite finishing school for future leaders is to make fluency in English an essential entry requirement for the first time. It follows generations of Gallic politicians and academics fighting a « war » against the global supremacy of the language of Shakespeare.

Now, the National School of Administration (ENA) in Strasbourg, has conceded that English is an essential tool.

A spokesman said all « énarques » – as ENA graduates including President Francois Hollande are called – needed fluent English « in order to cope with their future roles ».

Natalie Loiseau, ENA’s director, confirmed that the reform of the entrance exam reflected a break with the past. English is the world’s third most spoken language, after Mandarin and Spanish, and is widely accepted as the language of business.

Adopting compulsory English is another step in a general reform of ENA, which is regularly accused of being out-of-touch with a diverse, increasingly globalised modern democracy.

Pendant que la France réalise que l’anglais est devenu la langue du savoir, au Québec les nationaleux ont plutôt exprimé leur volonté de garder nos universités dans l’ignorance en les enfermant dans la prison de l’unilinguisme.