10/11/2008

The English Are Winning

In the Daily Mail, 7th June, 2008:

Our relationship with the French has often been antagonistic - but in the latest war of words, the English are winning.
France has conceded that its language is hors de combat...and it puts the blame firmly on an Anglo-Saxon invasion.
Linguist Herve Bourges, a French government adviser, says his mother tongue is in deep crisis, besieged by the rise in English speakers worldwide. Unless action is taken, French will be steamrollered into oblivion, he warned.
'English speakers have a vision of the so-called English-speaking world, but an equivalent concept does not seem to exist in France.
'Despite having 200million French speakers on earth, the idea of a French-speaking world is becoming obsolete.'

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