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Raksha and the French connection

cities Updated: May 29, 2017 21:45 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

A day after All India CBSE 12th Boards topper Raksha Gopal revealed that she has been learning French from Alliance Française in Delhi, French ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler said that her decision will open more doors for success.

Ziegler took to social media networking website Twitter to congratulate Raksha.

“Congrats CBSE 12 topper Raksha Gopal ! Glad you learn French at Alliance Francaise- it opens more doors for success (sic)”, he tweeted.

“Merci Beaucoup Monsieur!! Je vous remercie pour vos voeux!! J’espère vous rencontrer un jour. (Thank you sir for your wishes. Hope to meet you one day),” said Raksha, to express her gratitude towards Ziegler.

On Sunday morning, Raksha was declared all-India topper for Central Board of Secondary Education 12th Boards as she secured 99.6% in Humanities stream. She scored 100 in three subjects – English core, political science and economics and also managed to score 99 in two subjects — psychology and history.

It was during her post results celebrations that her family revealed that Raksha is fluent in French and has been pursing the language course from Alliance Francaise institute. She has completed C1 grade in the course till now.

Expressing her gratitude for the comments of the ambassador, Raksha said ,”I am thrilled to know that the ambassador has expressed his joy over the fact that I am learning French. I think more and more students should come forward and learn this language.”

Raksha revealed that she has been in touch with French language since she was in standard sixth in Amity International School at Noida sector 44.

“In sixth standard, I was asked to choose a language between French and German. I chose French and I have been in love with this language since then,” said Raksha.

She says that she wants to pursue the skill at French in her academic career in political science.

“Since I wish to pursue political science, I believe learning French will give me an edge and eventually help me in my career,” she said.

First Published: May 29, 2017 21:45 IST