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Emmanuel Macron makes reading a great national cause and "an essential battle"

2021-06-22T05:16:14.824Z

During a trip to Hauts-de-France, the Head of State announced that the book would be "at the heart of the commitment of the whole nation", from summer 2021 to summer 2022.



Emmanuel Macron on Thursday erected reading to the rank of a great national cause, from summer 2021 to summer 2022, during a long trip to Hauts-de-France.

"By launching today this great national cause of reading, what we want to do is truly mobilize teachers, all the associations that are fighting on this subject, our librarians, our booksellers, our publishers, our writers, our actors, our tellers, because reading, and in particular aloud, must be put at the heart of the commitment of the whole nation, ”

explained the Head of State.

For him,

"the battle to be able to read and write, but also to know how to count and behave is essential"

, explained the Head of State during a visit to Château-Thierry (Aisne).

In the morning, the President of the Republic went to the Somme, to Poix-de-Picardie, where he spoke with students and parents.

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This trip is part of the tour of the Head of State intended to

"take the pulse of the country"

in the midst of the crisis.

He has already visited the Lot and last week in the Drôme, a visit disturbed by the slap given to him by a young man.

After a walkabout with a hundred people, Emmanuel Macron spent two hours in the elementary school, where he greeted the children.

A girl then questioned him about the

"slap"

received ten days ago.

"It's not pleasant and it's not good,"

replied Emmanuel Macron, who then spoke with parents of students about their family experience of the Covid-19 crisis and their

"expectations and concerns for the period which opens ”

.

What is interesting is first of all to rub shoulders with genius, to rub your brains out and to understand how this journey was also born.

Emmanuel Macron on Jean de La Fontaine

The President of the Republic then went to Château-Thierry, to the house where Jean de La Fontaine was born 400 years ago, in the company of actor Fabrice Lucchini, one of his relatives.

The Head of State defended at length the work of the fabulist, deploring

"a capacity to be, in a way, the judges with the contemporary spirit of a story, which obviously made its own progress"

, while 'he was questioned about contentious writings by La Fontaine, in particular denounced by certain feminists.

To read also: Jean de La Fontaine in ten dates: 1636, a teenager from the past

"Anachronism never helps"

, he again launched, estimating that

"what is interesting is first of all to rub shoulders with the genius, to rub the brains and to understand how also this journey was born, because they themselves had their spirit of the time with the stupidity of time ”.

“We have our own stupidity.

And I'm more interested in seeing where the stupidity lies with us than the easy difference with people, 500 years ago, 400 years ago for La Fontaine, ”

he added.

The actor recited in front of the cameras several lines of La Fontaine, in particular

The Bear and the Lover of the Gardens

.

"Nothing is so dangerous as an ignorant friend"

, he recalled, reciting the conclusion of the fable and considering that it applied

"to advisers to the President of the Republic"

.

Read also: La Fontaine, libertine and storyteller of pleasures

"The most important thing is what La Fontaine represents, what he was able to bring to his century, to the language"

, for his part considered Emmanuel Macron, who confided to have as his favorite fable

The sick animals of the plague

. Emmanuel Macron ended his journey with a new walkabout and a visit, in Villers-Cotterêts, of the construction site of the castle of François 1er,

"the 2nd in France after Notre-Dame"

, he stressed. The castle is to become the International City of the French Language.

Source: lefigaro

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