French-speaking Rwanda turns to English

For decades, Rwanda has been one of nearly 30 Francophone countries in Africa where the language of business, power, and civilization has been French. Up until recently, the French-speaking elite here saw their ties to Paris as a link to the civilized outside world. Top bureaucrats and scientists would get their university degrees from France’s top écoles. Those who returned to Africa would often take up positions in government after having served briefly as functionaries in the French government. The Christian Science Monitor, September 25, 2007. Read more…

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