Le Petit Prince, Etranger & Modern Literature


Albert Camus, Saint-Exupéry, Stendhal, Balzac, Proust, Sola. Those are just a few of the world’s most renowned French authors. The importance of French literature has left an indelible mark throughout history. France, perhaps, is one of the most culturally rich countries in the world, and Ambassador Sylvie Bermann knows so. Last year, many French authors were present at the London Book Fair, and were invited to the Ambassador’s residence alongside a handful of British writers to highlight the importance of Franco-British cooperation in literature.

More Than Neighbours; Forging Bridges

Patrick Modiano recently won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The French author has a great following in the United Kingdom, and translation of French authors’ work into English is an increasingly important point. Forging ties between both countries’ publishing industries can only boost the Francophone literature abroad. Even children’s authors are considered with this growing audience. South Ken Kids Festival in London welcomed four French children’s authors through the Institut Français in Paris and the UK.

France and England are only separated by a channel, which is why keeping formal and good relations between countries can only benefit both. Francophone literature is one of the main fields of study in the UK, and many educational institutions offer Master's Degrees and courses, like those at Kings College London or the Instituit Français. Learning French is also one key element to British education, and many schools have the subject on demand. French is one of the most spoken languages in the world, and teaching it to children from a young age can only benefit their futures.