In this photo taken Friday, March 22, 2013, Michael Edwards poses for a photograph during the 21st annual poetry recitation competition at the Maison d'Education de la Legion d'Honneur

 

              In this photo taken Friday, March 22, 2013, Michael Edwards poses for a photograph during the 21st annual poetry recitation competition at the Maison d
In this photo taken Friday, March 22, 2013, Michael Edwards poses for a photograph during the 21st annual poetry recitation competition at the Maison d'Education de la Legion d'Honneur in Saint Denis, north of Paris. The man who will soon become the newest official guardian of the French language has spoken: English, he says, is jumping the barricades and threatening the language of Moliere. Edwards should know. He's British - the first to become one of the 40 esteemed “immortals” of the Academie Francaise, the institution that has watched over the French language since 1635. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)