Saturday, July 31, 2010

Lady Ashton Will Study French ...

... so that Europe may survive:

Where and when she would attend classes remained a secret after Ms. Ashton, who is British, disclosed that she would not take up a French government offer to study at a chateau in the south of France.

The flurry of interest in Ms. Ashton’s battle with the language of Molière reflects the continuing sensitivity of French officials about the role of their language. Though Ms. Ashton understands French, she is not fluent and speaks with a strong accent.

1 comment:

Tex_Exile said...

'Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to speak French.'

- P.G. Wodehouse, 'The Luck of the Bodkins'

I guess the same applies to Engliswomen...