Jean de La Fontaine (Portraits français)

Jean de La Fontaine is one of the most beloved French poets, whose fables are still today a staple of French education. Learn about his eventful life in this article from our Portraits français series.
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Note: The tenses in this French article and its English translation don't match! In French, we use the present tense to describe historical stories like this to evoke a sense of immediacy, whereas in English, we commonly use the past tense - learn more about historical French tenses.

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