ever been to france , they have a remarkabley low percentage of people who can speak english compared to thier neighbours in germany , netherlands etc , not being able to speak english is often seen as a badge of honour in la france
All his French friends also have fantastic English and though I can speak a smattering of French, we converse in English because they have such a great grasp of the English language.
Even his mother has attempted to learn English.
His French cousin now lives in Boston, so he and his 75 year old mother have perfect English.
My sister lives in France, so I have been going to France on a yearly basis for 15 years now and most of the people I encounter always make an attempt to talk to me in English so they can practice.
The French as a nation, do not want to loose their language. I understand that. It's who they are and why should they have to?
That does not mean they do not speak other languages, from my personal experience, an awful lot of them do.