Thomas Pesquet who will read this Sunday from space the giant dictation with which France Culture is associated. The astronaut has chosen an excerpt from Marguerite Duras’ “Un barrage contre le Pacifique” and he regrets that mastery of the French language remains “a social marker” so strong.

Thomas Pesquet has chosen an excerpt from Marguerite Duras’s work “A dam against the Pacific” for the dictation of the space he is leading this Sunday. The French astronaut will read his text from the International Space Station, 400 km from Earth, while several hundred people will follow this dictation in the open air at the Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget.

The opportunity for Thomas Pesquet to underline how mastering the language remains an obstacle for some, “I realized that it was a very, very French thing. There are many languages ​​for which dictation it doesn’t make sense because the words are written exactly the same way they are pronounced. There are no spelling subtleties like we have in French. “

“When we put the language on paper, a language that was oral, we made it complicated, on purpose, so that it was a sign of education. It remained a social marker, maybe one day, it A reform will have to be made to make the language a little simpler, in fact, so that it is suddenly easier to learn abroad, so that it spreads a little better “proposes the astronaut.

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The dictation will be broadcast at 3 p.m. and after reading Thomas Pesquet, Rachid Santaki will do one in turn, more slowly, before a self-correction session. You will be able to listen to it again on Saturday September 11 at 5 p.m. during the dictation program on the France Culture antenna.

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