Bernard Pivot

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Frédéric Vitoux, a novelist and the author of dozens of books about literature, history and art, has presided over the language commission for the past five years. Photograph: Louis Monier/Gamma-Rapho via Getty

The raison d’être of the Commission for the Enrichment of the French Language is to stave off the onslaught of English. It meets monthly at the cultur(...)

Le Consentement by Vanessa Springora. A parliamentary deputy quoted the book when proposing a law redefining sex with any minor under the age of 15 as rape. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images

Vanessa Springora was not yet 14 years old when she accompanied her mother, a press attaché for a Paris publisher, to a literary dinner. Springora was(...)

'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 (...)

In many situations, ‘pivot’ may be a substitute for another five-letter p-word, panic

As you may know if you’ve spent time in boardrooms lately, nobody fails at anything these days, at least in business. What people now do is “pivot”. I(...)