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The rising use of English in France


Dr Françoise Boucek was interviewed on Talk Radio about the rising use of English in France. Dr Boucek indicated that French language protection under the authority of the Académie Française goes back to 1634. She stressed that language policies tend to be controversial, divisive and difficult to implement. Recognising that English has become the working language in the EU and in many international organisations based in France, she said that the use of 'franglais' is becoming widespread on digital platforms and with millennials. Drawing parallels with the adoption of the Charter of French Language (Bill 101) in the Canadian Province of Quebec in 1977, she explained how this led to a flight of commerce, industry and finance from Montreal to Toronto and opened the door to several constitutional disputes.
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