French lawmakers OK English plan


France’s lower house on Thursday approved a plan to introduce more courses in English at universities despite critics alleging it will undermine efforts to promote French.

A majority of lawmakers in the National Assembly approved the second article of a bill on higher education. The full bill is expected to be approved in the assembly and the Senate, where the ruling Socialists and their leftwing allies hold majorities.

Higher Education Minister Genevieve Fioraso said, “The way this (debate) was lasting risked giving us . . . an image of defeatism, of turning inward.”