President Macron Annoys French Language Activists With Recent "Franglais" Tweet
French President Emmanuel Macron is in hot water after posting a message in Franglais on Twitter.
The offending Tweet had a very inoffensive pro-democracy message, but for some reason President Macron chose to use the English expression "bottom up" to get his point across. Macron released this Tweet on March 29th after attending a meeting with Artificial Intelligence experts.
Immediately after he posted the message on Twitter, Macron received hundreds of furious Tweets demanding the leader of the République Française to only use pure French in his statements. Some annoyed Twitter users even compared Macron to the famous Franglais-speaking Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Not only are defenders of the French language annoyed Macron used an English term in his Tweet, they also don't like the fact that it has to do with the business sector. France has a long history of looking on people in finances with suspicion. Plus, many French language activists object to multinational corporations' overuse of English in advertisements.
Political analysts believe Macron uses English so often in his speeches just to make it easier for global investors to understand him. Mr. Macron, who is fluent in both French and English, worked as a banker for the Rothschilds before he became president.
Responding to criticisms that he's devaluing the French language, Macron said on numerous occasions that he wants French to remain a major language in the era of globalization. He also told reporters, however, that he believes French has to be more flexible if it wants to survive. In many interviews Mr. Macron said he has no issues using English liberally in his speeches because he believes it will keep the French language relevant.
In sharp opposition to President Macron is intellectual Jean Maillet who has been working tirelessly to convince French people to stop adopting new English words in their daily conversations. Maillet believes the overuse of English violates the French Constitution, which requires all citizens to only use the French language.
As of today, French is the third most important language in terms of global business. The three most commonly spoken languages in the world today are as follows: Chinese, Spanish, and English.
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