April 14, 2024

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Faced with the “threat” of English, Quebec vigorously defends the French language

Faced with the “threat” of English, Quebec vigorously defends the French language

Interview – Benoît Dubreuil, Quebec's French language commissioner, discusses the linguistic situation in the Canadian province and its many challenges.

Benoît Dubreuil is Quebec's French Language Commissioner, appointed by the National Assembly for a seven-year mandate. A PhD in Philosophy, polyglot, he is closely interested in promoting and preserving the diversity of languages ​​and cultures.

LE FIGARO. – Law 14, which strengthens the position of the French language in Quebec, has received much attention. What exactly has she changed?

Benoit Dubreuil. – This Act 14, formerly Bill 96, amended the Charter of the French Language and amended it profoundly. This is the first time it has undergone such a change since its adoption in 1977. The government chose to tighten several bolts. Previously, for example, franchising practices were used for companies with 50 or more employees. Now, the limit is set to 25. Also, until modified, no restrictions actually prevent ministries from using English in their operations. In this…

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