French, a 21st century language

Defending the study of French – “French is too important to be left to middle-class Francophiles” – Andrew Hussey writes in London’s The Observer newspaper:

“What studying French has really done for me is to provide me with a new mental landscape. French writing, from Voltaire to Sartre to Houellebecq, has a hard, confrontational edge to it, driven by big ideas, which does not exist in the same way in the English-speaking world. This is why French literature has appealed to English writers of a certain “outsider” stripe, from George Orwell to Will Self. This is a political phenomenon as much as anything else. “

Professor Andrew Hussey Dean of the University of London Institute in Paris (75340)

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