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Shared concerns about the dropping of bilingual classes

May 2015

Shared concerns about the dropping of bilingual classes

59 MPs, members of the French parliament’s French-German friendship group, have reacted to the planned dropping of bilingual classes announced by the Ministry of Education as part of the middle school reform.

Suzanne Wasum-Rainer, German ambassador to France, stated on this occasion that "This proposed reform, in our opinion, could weaken the impetus of our bilateral agreements and projects. We fear that it could lead to substantial negative repercussions, in terms of the interest of pupils in France in the German language diploma (DSD) and the AbiBac (Arbitur-baccalauréat), as well as with regard to twinning arrangements, the French-German University, school exchanges and the programmes of the French-German office for young people (OFAJ)."

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