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Gender-inclusive French sparks backlash

Local Interest / France : RFI: France

A textbook for primary school pupils has sparked a debate in France about gender in the French language. It uses "inclusive writing": a way of including both masculine and feminine forms of a noun. Those in favour say it encourages ...

Former French PM Fillon tops conservative primaries

Local Interest / France : RFI: France

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy crashed out of the presidential election on Sunday, suffering a humiliating defeat in the first round of the rightwing primary.

French Outraged by Plans to Teach Arabic in Primary Schools

News / Independent News : RIA Novosti

France's Minister of Education's suggestion to include Arabic among the language choices for French pupils in primary schools has triggered a harsh response from French politicians.

Do pupils in France suffer from too many holidays?

Local Interest / France : The Local: France

French primary school pupils would benefit from fewer holidays, says the author of an OECD report, but is France ready to chop its sacrosanct summer break?

French teacher suspended for reading Bible to pupils in class

Local Interest / France : The Local: France

A teacher in central France has been suspended after he read passages of the bible to his primary school pupils. Educagtion authorities in the staunchly secular country have been accused of overreacting.

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