Hollande's big constitutional reform: promoting France's regional languages


French is enshrined in the constitution as France's only official language. President François Hollande is now planning to change the law so the country can ratify the European charter on regional languages – of which France has 75. But as Lénaïg Bredoux reports, this modest step highlights just how few other constitutional reforms the socialist president has introduced since his election.

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President François Hollande is planning an amendment to the constitution to enable France to ratify the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages which protects and promotes regional language on the continent. The law change, which will require a three-fifths majority of French Parliamentarians at a special Congress, will fulfil a campaign pledge made by François Hollande before his 2012 election.