By my telly is a wooden sculpture, ‘L’Occitan’, by the uncle of my former partner.
Occitan, Lenga d’òc, is an important group of languages spoken in the southern parts of France.
All languages are beautiful.
But Occitan has more claims than most to be a major source of European poetry and literature.
Occitan poets, the troubadours, laid the basis of French, Italian, English and many other cultures’ romance.
One of the greatest of all French socialists, Jean Jaurès was an Occitan speaker.
They are some of the best people you could ever meet.