Why Macron’s use of English dismays some in France

The president’s love of franglais may go down well with elites, but for many his overuse of English verges on caricature. 

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In a speech on Thursday, Emmanuel Macron angered many of his compatriots by declaring: “La démocratie est le système le plus bottom up de la terre” (“Democracy is the most bottom-up system in the world”). He meant “inclusive”, “participatory” or “non-elitist”. But there is a phrase for that concept in French: it’s démocratie ascendante. There’s also one for English words in French: franglais, writes Pauline Bock in The Guardian.