France gives in to the hashtag

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'French is not in danger' is a remarkable assertion from country that officially banned the use of anglicisms for decades, says William Alexander.

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Cardinal Richelieu, the 17th century power behind the French throne, must be rolling in his grave after the stunning announcement that France is giving up the fight to keep English words out of the French language. This sudden reversal of four centuries of French linguistic policy was issued by the minister of culture, Fleur Pellerin, who declared that France’s resistance to the incursion of English words was harming — rather than preserving — the language, writes William Alexander in The New York Times.