Macron Wants to Return the Official Status of the French Language
On Friday, June 15, it became known that the President of France Emmanuel Macron wants to make French the main language of the European Union. He believes it is logical in connection with the forthcoming British exit from the EU.
According to the newspaper The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) for the first time macron has unveiled his idea of the March 20 international day of Francophonie, which marks the establishment of the international cooperation organization of French-speaking countries. Then the French President was careful. He said: “the English language probably has never been so widely represented in Brussels, as in the days when we are discussing Brexit. This dominance, however, is not inevitable.”
For the past since then almost three months at the Makron had a lot of supporters in this matter. They believe that we should return to the situation prior to 1973. Then French was the main language in the office work of the European economic community. For example, the official representative of France in EU Philippe de I’eglise Costa in April refused to participate in the budget meeting because it was held in English. According to one diplomat, all remaining at the meeting of the English in principle satisfied, but after the demarche of the French all began to demand translations into their native languages.
Ally Rules in the struggle for the prevalence of the French language and is President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, writes the WSJ. A native of Luxembourg has previously stated that he sees no reasons why “the language of Shakespeare must be higher than the language of Voltaire”. Juncker himself is basically making statements in French or German.
At the moment in the EU’s official 24 languages are. But the most popular is English. In 80 percent of schools in the countries of the European Union students as the first foreign study English. The official English is only in the UK, Ireland and Malta. The population of the two latter countries is only 1.2 per cent of the total EU population.
However, at the present time English is used in 81 percent of EU documents, French and 5 percent German — two percent. In the apparatus of the EU in Brussels, only 2.8 percent of the employees are native English speakers.
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