March 27, 2014

Why I Won't Let My Children Learn French

Liam Mullone, The Spectator


Look at Ivory Coast and Chad and Mali and the two Congos and — right now — the Central African Republic. Much of Africa is looking up these days, but these particular countries are irretrievably buggered. And the reason they’re buggered is intimately connected to the fact that they speak French.

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