Commission Maps Program of French-israel Cultural Cooperation

Establishment of chairs of Hebrew language and culture at French universities was agreed upon here today by a Franco-Israeli commission working out details for implementation of the cultural agreement signed recently by France and Israel.

Hebrew chairs will be established at the University of Toulouse and the University of Montpelier. The French Government will finance the new faculties.

The commission recommended the teaching of Hebrew in French secondary schools when enough students evidence a desire for Hebrew instruction. Teachers of such high school courses will be provided by the Israeli Government.

Other arrangements recommended by the Joint commission include cooperation between the Israeli and the French Scientific Research Councils; translation of Hebrew literature into French; recognition of the French language as a first foreign tongue to be taught in Israeli high schools, where previously English had that status, and exchange between the two countries of films, radio programs, post-graduate fellowships, and scholarships.

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