Pity the folks at Alliance Française. These days more people are signing up for Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic language classes, while French slips in popularity. But the president of L’Alliance in New York is putting a brave face on the situation.
“French is here to stay,” [she says,] citing the city’s hard-core cadre of Francophiles and the usefulness of French for commerce, scholarship, the arts and, yes, cuisine.
“You cannot have a vision of the world without the story of French culture,” she said.