'One of the chief arguments for abolishing the rule is that it is a waste of time. The average French child spends 80 hours learning it, without ever understanding.' Photograph: Getty Images

As a native English-speaker who has constantly endeavoured to perfect her French, I have been delighted by a grammatical controversy raging in French (...)

Kurt Cochran and his wife Melissa are shown in this photo released by the family in Salt Lake City,  US. Mr Cochran was killed and his wife badly injured during Wednesday’s attack in London. Photograph: Payne family/via Reuters

London One was a veteran police constable with the Metropolitan Police force in London. A second was a teacher who, according to reports, was walking(...)