Hagège: decline of French language inseparable from decline of France

"That the language of the United States is that of the first world power has as a consequence the universal diffusion and impact of American ideology. Careful, however, not to confuse things! The decline of the French language is inseparable from the decline of France, even if it indisputably represents a loss of power on a worldwide scale."

Claude Hagège,
linguist and professor at Collège de France
and author of several books translated
into several languages, remarking on the relationship
between the success of French and the decline of France
« Qu'est-ce qu'être français aujourd'hui ? »
OP-ED June 30, 2004 (Figaro)


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