“There is just one international organization founded on a language, and that language is French.” This is linguist Bernard Cerquiglini, speaking about the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. Ahead of the OIF’s 18th summit, in Tunisia from November 19-20, he shares his take on la langue de Molière in North America and worldwide. Next, our columnist in Paris answers the claim by British journalist Simon Kuper that French has become a useless language in the face of globalization, while English reigns supreme. (Quelle idée!) Finally, discover our interview with philanthropist Monique Brouillet Seefried, who is fanning the flames of French-American friendship in Washington, and read about the forgotten World War II battle between France and the United States.