Now in France all pupils have to take two languages up to Bac, usually English then either Spanish or German but others can be offered. My daughter has done Spanish and Italian as well as English but unfortunately couldn't keep up the Italian (which she loved) due to a clash with another option. Britain is in grave danger of falling seriously behind the rest of Europe with regards to the ability of its population to commnuicate in other languages. Remember, too, that all primary schoolchildren start learning a second language from CP. My children in collège have to do Spanish as their LV2 as we live close to Spain, I imagine those living NE are more likely to do German.