Keyword: Académie française
Academie Française, which has long resisted change, said there was now 'no obstacle in principle' to the wholesale feminisation of job titles.
French president Emmanuel Macron described the member of the Academie Française, who died aged 92, as a 'prince of letters'.
Change that has sparked most fury is removal of traditional circumflex accent, which will vanish above vowels 'i' and 'u' in certain words.
Dany Laferrière becomes both the first Haitian and first Québécois member of the Académie Française.
British poet and academic Sir Michael Edwards is the first Briton to be admitted to the academy which rules over the French language.
Académie Française condemns use of abbreviation of 'as soon as possible', and the adoption by the sporting world of 'scorer' as a verb.
Michael Edwards, 74, is the first Briton to achieve "immortality" by becoming a member of the hallowed institution the Académie Française.