BBC reports:The main teaching union in France has criticised the education minister’s plans to offer free English classes in the school holidays next year.
Xavier Darcos announced the plans on Monday, insisting that speaking fluent English was the key to success.
He said that while “well-off families pay for study sessions abroad, I’m offering them to everyone right here”.
President Nicolas Sarkozy is likely to back the plan.
He has already infuriated traditionalists by suggesting that the French should no longer insist on speaking their own language at international negotiations.
Interesting… I wonder who will be teaching these courses and where the government will get money to pay the teachers…