French language watchdogs warn of rise of ‘franglais’

A centuries-old institution regarded as the guardian of the French language has warned state officials against encouraging the spread of…

A centuries-old institution regarded as the guardian of the French language has warned state officials against encouraging the spread of “franglais”, saying it could have dire consequences for the future of the language.

L’Academie francaise, established in 1635 to defend the purity of the French language, said in an official statement that it had never been hostile to the introduction and use of foreign terms.

“But today it (the academy) is deeply worried by the development of franglais,” it said in a statement late on Thursday.

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