Francophonie

Francophonie in Europe

Description of Francophonie

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes francophonie in the following terms: [1] Since the early 17th century the Académie Française has been devoted to the defence and promotion of the French language (la francophonie). Pride in its own culture (rivalled in Europe only by Spain) has led France to propose restrictions on, for example, the showing of American films on French TV, a policy that threatened to unhinge the GATT negotiations in 1994. French has long been the main language of Brussels – a significant factor in maintaining the influence of Paris in Community affairs. The predominance, however, of English on the Internet (some 78% of all usage in 1999, compared with 1% for French) marks a continuance of the trend towards the gradual emergence of English as Europe’s common language.

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Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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