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Language, Politics, The Economy

From The Christian Science Monitor, English is increasingly the language of French businesses:

In a recent survey of 26 of France’s largest companies, 16 gave English as their official working language — including Renault, Danone, and Aventis. Of these, nine have dropped French altogether. Seven put English and French on equal footing.

The French, of course, won’t give up their language without a fight:

not all French institutions are embracing the trend. Last year, labor unions at General Electric Medical Systems in France challenged in court the company’s English-only manuals. They won under a French law that mandates all foreign terms used in the workplace be translated into French.

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