By Alex Glenn • 10 October 2021 • 8:39
French plot uses Brexit to ditch English from the EU’s working languages.
French politicians are arguing that the UK leaving the bloc means that English should no longer be the official lingua franca. The plans are being backed by 40 French politicians. French was the dominant language throughout much of the EU’s history.
In 1973 things began to change when the UK joined the European Economic Community. The use of English was also boosted as Eastern European countries join the bloc in 2004. In many of these countries, English was a second language for much of the population.
At the moment the EU has three official languages. These are English, French and German. At press conferences and meetings, English or French are normally the chosen language.
A member of France’s Republicans party, Julien Aubert believes that the French language should now take over from English. He has tabled a resolution before the French committee on European affairs.
The resolution reads: “The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union is a unique opportunity to reverse this trend.
“Once the United Kingdom has left the European Union, there is no longer any reason why the institutions of the Union should be so imbued with Anglo-Saxon culture.”
Speaking to The Telegraph Aubert stated: “English is now the mother tongue of just one percent of the population of the EU, while French is the second language of many members and is the most-practised foreign language, after English.”
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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