World watch

October 15, 1999

Maurice Druon, the 81-year-old permanent secretary of the Academie Francaise, the body that guards the purity of the French language, has unprecedently announced he will retire at the end of the year from a post that holders traditionally leave only on death. A former culture minister under president Georges Pompidou, he was a driving force in the Academie's unsuccessful fight last year against the government's introduction of feminine forms of job titles which had previously been exclusively masculine, where posts were held by women.

Please login or register to read this article

Register to continue

Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Just register and complete your career summary.

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments