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Bonne Chance

French essayist Francois de Closets has issued a new book, Zero Faute (“No Fault”), calling for the French language to be simplified. He said he was so dejected by low marks in school that he nearly didn’t attend university. As debate over the book’s suggestions raged, the country’s new education minister, Luc Chatel, decided to weigh in via press release. Journalists who received the release say it has “dozens” of spelling and grammar errors. When word got out, reporters who weren’t on the distribution list called for souvenir copies of their own, but were told there would be a delay because “a few changes” were being made to it first. (RC/London Telegraph) ...C’est la vie.
Original Publication Date: 04 October 2009
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 16.

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