The French language no longer appeals (much) to German students

The French language no longer appeals (much) to German students

This is sad news for the French language, five days before the celebration of the Elysée Treaty, sealing the Franco-German reconciliation. Fewer and fewer German pupils are learning French, the Federal Statistical Office noted on Tuesday.

For the 2021/22 school year, only 15.3% of German pupils had chosen to study French at school, the lowest level for twenty-six years. In 1995, they were 15.1%. French is largely overtaken by English, which attracted 82.4% of German pupils in 2021/22. Nevertheless, French remains in second place among the foreign languages ​​taught in Germany: Latin holds third place (6.4%), followed by Spanish (5.9%).

The taste of French in cross-border regions

Unsurprisingly, the language of Molière is acclaimed in the border regions of France: in Saarland, more than half (51.2%) of pupils learn French at school, in Rhineland-Palatinate they are 25.8% and in Baden-Württemberg, 24.3%. On the other hand, in Mecklenburg-Pomerania (northeast), they are only 10.6%, in Saxony-Anhalt (east) 10.7% and North Rhine Westphalia (northwest) 11.5%.

Paris and Berlin are preparing to celebrate Sunday with great fanfare the 1963 Elysee Treaty which sealed reconciliation and opened an era of unprecedented cooperation between the two countries.


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