Keyword: French language
Speaking to students in Burkina Faso, French president said it would be 'the first language of Africa' and 'perhaps of the world'.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has ruled that official government texts will not use proposed inclusive masculine and feminine forms of nouns and their until-now gramatically subservient adjectives, following in the steps of the nearly all-male (but feminine in title) Académie Française which described calls for gender-neutral written French as a "mortal danger" for the language.
Presidential spokesperson said prize-winning Slimani was chosen because she 'represents the open face of Francophonie to a multicultural world'.
Rule concerns public construction sites during working time and targets foreign firms that hire cheaper workers from elsewhere in EU.
Dany Laferrière becomes both the first Haitian and first Québécois member of the Académie Française.