FRANCE: Spreading the Words

FRANCE Spreading the Words

Next to his liver, the Frenchman's chief preoccupation is his language. One of the main reasons why Charles de Gaulle blocked British membership in the Common Market for nearly a decade was his fear that French would lose its place as the premier language on the Continent.

With British entry an active possibility once again, De Gaulle's old fears have reappeared among France's numerous linguistic patriots. Recently, 32 leading intellectuals and members of the venerable French Academy carried their worries directly to Georges Pompidou; in a bristling letter warning...

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