New President of Senior French Society presents talk on Quebec

Academic | 13th October 2020

Recent weeks have involved several thought-provoking talks in Senior French society, including one by its new president, Edouard Gesser.

Lower Sixth student, Edouard, explains: “Senior French Society has definitely got me to learn more about French culture through watching some ‘cult films’. I’ve also recently downloaded Le Figaro, a french newspaper, to understand where the government stands on many issues that we see appearing within the BBC and other English newspapers and sites. I very much enjoy it; having this knowledge gives me power to have much more expanded conversations, which is a joy in itself.”

Edouard is currently studying French, Business, Politics and Religious Studies and says he would like to pursue a career within Management Consulting, Operations or Logistical management.

“Though many people consider ‘I want to work for a business’ boring, I think it’ll be intriguing to help major companies make important decisions,” he says.

In his talk, Edouard looked at tourism, government and traditions in Quebec, one of 13 provinces in Canada. He points out that it is one of the ‘Francophonie’, an international organisation representing countries and regions where French is a main or customary language. Other members include Madagascar, Tunisia, Belgium and Vietnam. Quebec is one of the richest areas in Canada; its bilingual status giving it an added advantage.

A few slides from Edouard’s talk are below.