Expert: It takes 20 years to switch to the EU English language
Jean-Baptiste Lemoine suggested that France use his forthcoming EU president to turn the tide – and the country’s European minister, Clement Beyonc, did the same. The use of English as a kind of language within the Federation, and especially within the European Parliament, is particularly controversial from Brexit.
Critics believe that it is not necessary to use English by default, arguing that members of parliament should speak their own language with a group of linguists, translating based on the nationality of the listeners.
In yesterday’s speech, Jean-Baptiste Lemoine, a member of my Marseille, declared: “France is in charge of the European Union and we want to make this matter a priority, along with Clement Peon.”
“French should be the best place in European institutions, not just French, but other languages as well.”
Emmanuel Macron in France and Angela Merkel in Germany (Photo: GETTY)
Jean-Baptiste Lemoine reveals his views during a television interview (Image: France 3TV)
Referring to the basic fluency in English he has been given by many MEPs, Mr Lemoine added: “We can not be happier using the 500 words of a global, incomprehensible Esperanto in English.”
Mr Lemoine was not the first MEP to speak out against the English position within the EU.
Last year, Jordan Bartella, right-wing assembly National National MEP for the French.
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Clement Peon, French Minister for European Affairs (Photo: GETTY)
In a written question, he asked: “What is the Commission’s position on maintaining English as the official language of the European Union?”
“Would the Commission be in favor of changing the rules governing EU languages under Article 342 of the Convention on EU Activities?” For example, is it prepared to propose to the Council to adopt a regulation in this matter?
Vice President of the European Commission Maros Sefkovic said it was the Council of Europe rather than the European Commission.
He added: “Language rule was established by Regulation No. 1/1958 establishing the (1) language regime of the European Economic Community.
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Emmanuel Macron, President of France (Photo: GETTY)
National Rally MEP Jordan Bardella (Image: GETTY)
“In addition, the Commission would like to point out that English is one of the official languages of the two member states of Ireland and the Republic of Malta.
Speaking the previous year, left-wing French MEP Manuel Bompard said: In English.
“Following the withdrawal of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union, the United Kingdom will no longer be the official language of an EU member state under Article 50 of the EU Treaty.
“However, will the Commission reconsider its practice in relation to its working languages? Will he remove English from the list and use French and German fully and equally?”
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On this occasion, Mr Sefkovic responded: “Currently, Union companies have 24 official and working languages, including English, the official language in Ireland and Malta.
“The Commission has no intention of changing the current provisions relating to the use of languages.”
Former European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker questioned whether English should continue to be used within the constituency, suggesting in 2017 that it was “less important than that”.
Speaking to Express.co.uk last year, Mr Littlewood told Express.co.uk, the company’s managing director for economic affairs: “English is increasingly a business language.
Maros Sefkovic, European Commissioner (Image: GETTY)
“It’s a little annoying to the EU, it’s definitely annoying to the French.
“The EU faces an interesting question.
“Despite the fact that only a small republic of Ireland speaks English, is it mostly bilingual?
“Or put two fingers in that kind of English-speaking world and say ‘No, we’re going to do everything in French?’
(Additional Report by Maria Ortega)
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