French schools slow to include Arabic language training

Libération – February 3, 2011

Even if five million people speak Arabic in France, Arabic language training in schools is not well developed especially in secondary schools. 22 French universities and nearly all the most prestigious post-secondary schools teach the language but fewer than 1% learn the language in high school. Owing to budgetary constraints, there are only 217 schools which offered these language classes in 2010-2011. Some have suggested young people could take these classes in local mosques.