French losing ground in Montreal

French losing ground in Montreal: OLQF

Wed, 2008-03-05 19:26.
Kristy Rich
French language losing ground in Montreal

QUEBEC CITY - Less than half of Montrealers consider French their mother-tongue, according to a long-awaited report released by the province's language watchdog.

In a study painting a portrait of the French language in the province between 2001 and 2006, the Office Quebecoise de la Langue Francaise (OLQF) says the number of Quebecers who consider French their mother tongue has also gone down from 82% to 80%.

The President of the OLQF, France Boucher says it can be blamed on the fact French-speaking Quebecers are getting older.

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