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Oh Mon Dieu! English Invades French Workplace

Getting ahead these days in the land of Baudelaire and Balzac means mastering the language of Shakespeare – or at least, Zuckerberg. No longer just a plus, strong English is often required for both entry level and top manager slots. But it's brou

Is English invading the French workplace? (Guillaume Cattiaux/mcaretaker)
Is English invading the French workplace? (Guillaume Cattiaux/mcaretaker)
Laurance N’Kaoua

PARIS - Employment agency Manpower is advertising for an Accounts Manager: "English – fluent." Logica, a business and management consultancy, needs a support technician: "English – fluent." Health and Security services organization International SOS is recruiting a client support specialist: "English – bilingual." These advertisements, published by the Management Recruitment Agency (Apec), prove what everyone already knows: in business, speaking English is "un must!"

And with good reason: whether the company is trying to establish a foothold in local markets, collaborating with international researchers, selling its products outside of France or employing a foreign manager, English is the need-to-know language.

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