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Language watchdog denounces French ID card's use of English

France— Link

Académie Francaise wants government to suspend country's biometric identity card for its "excessive" use of English translations.

Has France become 'lazy' about increasing Franglais?

France— Link

'Hacktivism', 'fashionista', 'SUV' and 'dark net' have all been added to France's two main dictionaries but there has been little or no uproar.

Why Macron’s use of English dismays some in France

France— Link

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

Can French really become the world's major language?

France— Link

Author Steven Poole says Macron’s big ambition for French language is optimistic but nothing more than an enjoyable bit of grandiose rhetoric.

Starched stiff: a translator's view of UN-speak French

International— Opinion

Like most international institutions, the United Nations functions in several languages, demanding the translation of its thousands upon thousands of documents of various kinds into six tongues. But the task of its professional translators is far from straightforward, as Santiago Artozqui, a translator of UN texts from English to French, explains here. Not least is what he calls “a misplaced Atticism” required of French-language documents which “dunks the language in starch and leaves it as stiff as the shirt of a notable”.  

English versus French tensions in Cameroon turn deadly

France— Link

Teachers join strike led by lawyers over official use of French in English-speaking part of the country where ten were killed in demonstrations.

France’s Emmanuel Macron slammed for speaking English

France— Link

Far right said independent presidential candidate's decision to speak in English in Berlin showed he had 'no respect' for the French language.

France turns anglophone to woo UK businesses

France— Link

Regulators will accept paperwork in English in attempt to persuade finance firms to move from London to Paris after Brexit vote.

French radio goes to war with language quotas in fight for musical freedom

France— Link

Government plans law to stop radio stations circumventing rules that state that 40 percent of songs played must be in French.

French pupils unable to 'cope with' baccalaureate English question

France— Link

More than 11,000 disgruntled students sign petition to protest at ‘incomprehensible’ exam question about Ian McEwan’s 'Atonement'.

Parisian theatres experiment performances with English subtitles

France— Link

The novel introduction of the live subtitles, displayed on screens above the stage, aims to attract a wider public to French-language productions.

France gives in to the hashtag

France— Link

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

French...the language of the future?

France— Link

Study suggests that by 2050 more people in the world will speak French as first language than English or Mandarin.

Drop these ugly Anglicisms ASAP, urge French language police

France— Link

Académie Française condemns use of abbreviation of 'as soon as possible', and the adoption by the sporting world of 'scorer' as a verb.

My Fair Lady: all-English version a hit with French audiences

France— Link

French theatre director manages to bridge cultural divide by staging 'untranslatable' classic musical in Paris with subtitles.