Case study: France

Case study: France

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In February 2018 French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced plans to offer internationally recognised English language qualifications, as part of the government’s strategy to boost exports.

In a speech to management students in Lille, M. Philippe stressed that improving language skills is essential to reversing the country’s long-standing trade deficit.

Acknowledging that English is the ‘first language’ of globalisation and an essential life skill, the Prime Minister announced that the French state will fund English language qualifications for French students and Cambridge English has been awarded a contract to develop and deliver these.