Dear Members,

Thursday, 22 February 2024 at 7.30pm

 Le français au Maroc

Illustrated talk by Dawn Marley

Le Maroc a passé moins d’un demi-siècle sous le protectorat français (1912-1956) et pourtant la langue française continue à jouer un rôle important dans le pays, plus de soixante ans après l’Indépendance. Cette présentation abordera les facteurs qui expliquent cet attachement à la langue de l’ancien colonisateur, ainsi que les nouveaux liens qui se sont tissés pendant l’ère post-coloniale.  Nous allons également considérer les divers aspects de la vie quotidienne où le français reste important, en partie à travers une analyse du paysage linguistique.

Finalement, nous allons considérer les perspectives pour l’avenir.  Depuis au moins vingt ans le français se voit concurrencé par l’anglais, et dernièrement le Maroc poursuit une relation plus proche avec le Royaume-Uni.  Est-ce que le français va disparaître enfin au Royaume Chérifien ?

We hope many of you will be coming to the Guildford Rugby Club for Dawn’s lecture and to enjoy each other’s company! Dawn will be at the pavilion to make her presentation which will start at 7:30 pm but if you come early and/or stay late, you will be able to take advantage of the bar facilities.  Alternatively, if you are unable to travel on the night, you can watch the lecture on Zoom. A separate email with the link will be sent to you next week

Warm Welcome to our New Members!

We are glad to welcome five new members to les Amitiés: Simon-David Pressinger, Heather Kearon, Stephen Mallet, James Weaver and Carole Norris.

Another date for your diary: Friday 23 February at 10.00am

Although members enjoy our monthly meetings, many say they would like more opportunity to speak French. In January, we organised a Zoom session the day after our talk so members could chat about the subject in French. This was obviously not popular as only one member participated! This month, we will try something different. On Friday 23rd February, we propose to meet for coffee and an informal chat (no homework!) at 10.00am in the King’s Arms Hotel in Godalming High Street opposite Côte.  The hotel has a few parking places, otherwise Waitrose is nearby with free parking for 1 1/2 hours. We’ll have a room to ourselves and you can get a coffee or tea from the bar. This will be the day after the lecture so we should have something to talk about!  I would be grateful for those who can attend, to let me know by email so we have an idea of numbers. I hope to see many of you as it would also give me the chance to get to know you. Any comments on the venue, day and time or any other suggestions are welcome.

Cercle Littéraire

 Each month, some members meet together to discuss a book that they have selected. The list of books chosen for the season can be found on our website. If you wish to join the Cercle Littéraire, please contact Juliet Jackson at


If you have not already done so, please note that you can join our WhatsApp group. To do so, please email your mobile number to Catherine Crossley at

Season 2024-25

We are currently working on the programme for 2024-25 and the new lectures will be posted on our website as and when so please keep looking at our website for any new information.


Christine Curley

Les Amitiés Françaises