French Letters

L’Académie française, the institution that defends the purity of French, yesterday issued a furious warning that recognising regional languages in the constitution would be “an attack on French national identity”. In turn, local language militants criticised the academy as a ridiculous relic of outdated nationalism.

Yes, well as far as French national identity is something defined and expressed in the French language, I think they’re probably right that it would be an attack on French national identity. I just happen to think that this is a good thing.

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