Rodney Beard asked me what hope I thought esperanto had. Not much, I replied. Le Monde (4/11/98) devoted a whole page to what may loosely be translated as "The flop of esperanto." The French intellectual newspaper had received a number of protests from Esperantists because it had published an unappreciative article on the Universal Esperanto Congress. In reply, the article quotes Prime Minister Lionel Jospin as saying in China that the world needs a language for the universal community, and that it will not be esperanto but English. Curiously President Chirac has been trying to keep French alive in Asia. Does this indicate a difference in party policies?