Here's a fantastic report to share with you via Newindpress.
Imagine meeting a French man in an Andhra town who speaks Telugu, and roams freely through the villages. Well Daniel Negers
is not just a figment of one's imagination but an actual Telugu professor of French descent who is in love with everything Telugu.
He is exploring the "socio-cultural metamorphosis" of Peddapuram town from its beginnings as a colonial kingdom to its development into a thriving town. He teaches at the Centre de Pondicherry of the Ecole Francaise d'Extreme-Orient, a French institution devoted to the study of the Far-east.
He previously studied the Burrakatha traditions in the East Godavary, visiting/researching villages in the district. Newindpress reports that, according to the French scholar, "there is a great collection of Telugu palm leaf texts and hand-written manuscripts in various libraries and universities of France and many of them are rare and do not have copies in India."
“Telugu and French have lot of commonalities. Their origin and evolution has similarities and similar is their time of appearance in human history. However, while French developed into an international language, the Telugu remained confined to a small corner as it came under the subjugation of English masters as did most other Indian languages,” says this Telugu professor, who is in love with everything Telugu.
Update: Zee News
has a feature on Daniel Negers as well. Among other facts, Zee News informs us that Negers created a French-Telugu dictionary after learning the language.