The Perse School

Two Perse Students Win National French Debating Competition

22 Mar 2017

Upper Sixth Students Charles Richardson and Jonathan Ferguson have walked away as winners of the National French Debating Competition 2017.

In the first debate, the pair argued against the French government dismantling “the jungle” in Calais.  In their second debate, they debated for an increase in police presence and power to address the repeated riots in French suburbs.

For the final debate, against Hampton School, the pair had to debate an improvised motion for which they had only 20 minutes to prepare arguing for ‘The independence of the media is an illusion’.

Director of Modern Foreign Languages Pierre Pillet said:

“Having competed against nearly 90 independent schools across the country in order to secure a place in the final round, Charles and Jonathan can be really proud of their achievements. They worked hard and gave each debate thoughtful consideration, ensuring their arguments were clear, intelligent and delivered with panache. The French Ambassador will be congratulating them in person next week at a reception at the Embassy.”

Judges Dr Simon Coffey from King’s College London,  M. Tremblay Political Attache at the Canadian Embassy (Quebec delegation) and M. Coutisson French Cultural and Language Attache all  unanimously declared The Perse team as overall winners commenting on the impressive quality of their language, their skillful use of rhetorical questions, the range of their ideas and confidence, as well as their humour. One judge, who is a regular debating panel member, added that their performance was absolutely outstanding.

Watch below for Charles’ final conclusion in the French Debating Competition 2017.

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