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Débat à Paris : Jean-Benoît Nadeau vis-à-vis Donald Morrison (2ème partie)

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Published on Oct 26, 2011

ENGLISH WILL FOLLOW

Suite à la publication de son livre, Le Français, quelle histoire! en France, Jean-Benoit a été invité à discuter de l'avenir de la langue française dans le monde par le Ministère des affaires étrangères et européennes (Etats généraux de la promotion du français dans le monde).

Mercredi le 19 octobre, Jean-Benoît Nadeau a participé à un débat : Le français, atout ou obstacle au rayonnement international de la France ?

Son vis-à-vis, Donald Morrison, ancien chef du bureau européen de Time, a fait parlé de lui en 2007 lorsqu'il a publié In Search of Lost Time, sous-titre La mort de la culture française. Mais, comme le démontre Le français, quelle histoire!, dans toute l'histoire de l'humanité, jamais autant de gens n'ont parlé le français!

ENGLISH

Is French culture dead? And is the French language fading into oblivion?

France's Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked Jean-Benoît Nadeau, co-author of The Story of French, to tackle these questions at France's Estates-General on the promotion of French abroad summit, held in Paris the week of October 17th, Nadeau squared off with the Time's former European bureau chief Donald Morrison, who declared French culture dead in an infamous 2007 article "In Search of Lost Time."

The Story of French (St. Martin's Press, recently released in France as Le Français, quelle histoire!) is a sweeping history of the French language as it's spoken across the planet. The award-winning work concludes on a positive note: Contrary to popular opinion, the number of French speakers in the world is increasing.

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