I am sorry to hear that the French government is considering to close the French Cultural Institute in Oslo, and maybe in other cities as well.

The language courses here have been privatised and given, I think, to people who already worked with it. I wish them the best of luck and hope that they will succeed in going on with their work.

If their government actually close the cultural centre, it will be a loss for the culture of Oslo as well. Together with the different centres of other countries, like Italy’s cultural centre or the German church, where I used to work, both just around the corner, the Goethe-Institut, and probably other places that I don’t know of, and of course all the restaurants of different nationalities and other places I don’t know of, all those places have been drawing musical folks, food people and other culturally interested and interesting people to the city.

I sincerely hope that the French politicians will think again and use the centre for the benefit of France and Norway.

We certainly need you.