“The cicada and the ant”, “The wolf and the lamb”, “The milkmaid and the jug of milk”. Everyone knows at least one. Often two. Often a lot more. To say that La Fontaine’s fables are part of the national heritage is about as obvious as to say that Camembert is Norman. La Fontaine, therefore, for 400 years, on the menu of schoolchildren, on the menu of recitations and on the menu of teachers. But exactly what do we keep? The opportunity to take stock in 15 small questions.
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