Tag: French

French Strikes Positive Chord with Migrants

As Europe struggles to deal with the influx of refugees fleeing conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East, opinions are polarizing between those who want to seal Europe's borders and those who wish to grant these migrants the dignity of residence. Beside the northern French port of Calais, at the vast refugee/migrant camp called the “Jungle” by the...

French to Stop Fight Against Foreign Words

Fleur Pellerin, France’s minister of culture, reversed four centuries of French linguistic policy by declaring that France’s resistance to the incursion of English words was harming — rather than preserving — the language. “French is not in danger, and my responsibility as minister is not to erect ineffective barriers against languages but to give all our citizens the means...

Rwanda Sued over Lack of French

Rwandan opposition party has filed a lawsuit with the central African nation's Supreme Court accusing the government of deliberately sidelining the French language in violation of the constitution.The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR) is arguing that French has equal status to Kinyarwanda and English but increased marginalization of the language was "a hindrance to the national unity and...

French 3.0: The Next Generation

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Report predicts the rise of French by 2050Since Language Magazine’s last report on the ongoing, public debate over the importance of French (“French on the Menu,” March 2014), the prediction that French may be the world’s most-spoken language by 2050 (based on research by Natixis, an investment bank) has spurred media reports across the world challenging the suggestion....

Quebec Court Rules Against French Signs

The Quebec Superior Court has deemed the province’s main French-language group too harsh, after trying to enforce major retail chains to change their trademark names and outdoor signage into appropriate French-language translations.A total of eight companies including: Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Toys ‘R’ Us took the Office québécois de la langue française to court in 2012, arguing that they...

Spanish, Arabic, French & Chinese Most Needed in UK

UK Report Identifies Language Needs Last month, the British Council published a report calling on UK policymakers to introduce a broader range of languages into every child’s education.“Languages for the Future” identifies (in order of importance) Spanish, Arabic, French, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Turkish, and Japanese as the languages most vital to the UK over the next 20 years....

French Writer Wins Guadalajara Award

Yves Bonnefoy has been awarded the 2013 Guadalajara International Book Fair Prize in Romance Languages for a work dedicated to "the great pillars of poetic modernity," including Baudelaire, Celan, and Rimbaud.The jury awarded the prize unanimously noting the writer's "sophistication of his poetry, in contrast to the simplicity of his language."The French novelist, essayist, critic and,  translator of English...

French Cinema on Demand

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TV5MONDE USA has launched the first video-on-demand (VOD) cable platform devoted entirely to French-language films in twelve major markets on Comcast systems around the U.S. It will be available to Comcast customers who are subscribers of the TV5MONDE USA linear channel. An average of 15 movies will be offered each month. The service will offer some of the biggest titles...

French Boost in Louisiana

After Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal vetoed $100,000 funding for the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) during last year’s budget vetoes, French-speaking state lawmakers sought new ways to promote Louisiana’s francophone heritage.In the recently ended legislative session, that bipartisan group of lawmakers filed and won passage of bills that celebrate the state’s Cajun culture and French...

French Regions Have Their Voice

 About 50,000 campaigners for French regional language rights have called on UNESCO to grant them "cultural asylum" and accused the French state of systematic linguistic discrimination amid growing concern for the future of indigenous languages such as Breton and Occitan.Protesters gathered in Quimper, Toulouse, the Pays Basque, in Alsace, in Catalonia, as well as outside the UN cultural organization’s...