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01/10/2016

Green light for ‘French CNN’

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UK & Europe 01-07-2016

Harlem Désir: 'All those calling for a referendum want to destroy the EU'

For Harlem Désir, the populist clamour for referendums is a threat to the European project. He said the future of the English language in the EU must be discussed, but insisted France would only gain influence by driving Europe forward.
UK & Europe 29-06-2016

France seeks to capitalise on Brexit to gain influence in Brussels

The idea of dropping English as an official language of the EU is tempting many in Brussels. French politicians sense an opportunity to gain some much-needed credibility. EurActiv France reports.

French language's global gains hide decline in Europe

The French language has gone into decline in Europe over the last 4 years, according to a study published this week by the IOF. But large gains in Sub-Saharan Africa have driven a 7% increase in the world's francophone population.

French EU circles gripped by feeling of decline: Survey

EXCLUSIVE / A EurActiv survey of French EU professionals in Brussels, published ahead of Bastille Day, shows that an overwhelming 60% of respondents believe their country’s influence in Europe has declined since the financial and economic crisis swept the continent in 2008.

French EU elite abandons ‘defensive’ stance on language

With the decline of French language in EU institutions now accepted by most as irreversible, French lawmakers and officials have started pushing a more assertive approach, based on the promotion of multilingualism and influence rather than language issues only.

Language teaching on the rise, English still dominates

An increasing number of students are taught foreign languages in European schools, according to a new report.

Multilingualism in the Commission: Do as I say, not as I do

The European Commission, which drafts legislation which governs the lives of European citizens, works overwhelmingly in English. However a language is not simply a neutral conduit for information and there are ways of making the EU’s administration more multilingual and representative of its citizens, argues Michel Soubies.

Demand for French classes on the rise in EU circles

Despite the continued dominance of English as a working language, demand for French classes in Brussels has increased, notably among EU staff and accredited diplomats and journalists, says Thierry Lagnau, director of the 'Alliance Française Bruxelles-Europe'.

Director: Demand for French classes 'growing by 5% each year'

Over the past 10 years, demand for French language classes has risen steadily among accredited ambassadors and the international press in Brussels. However, this renewed interest might in fact reflect the declining influence of French in the EU institutions. Thierry Lagnau, director of the Alliance Française in Brussels, explains the reasons behind this paradox.

Future of French language 'to be decided in Brussels'

Officials at the International Francophony Organisation (OIF) have warned of "catastrophic" use of French in EU institutions, as the language's position in Brussels becomes ever more fragile, a conference heard last week (31 March).

Africa's influence growing as Francophone summit opens

As the thirteenth Francophonie summit opens in Montreux, Switzerland, new statistics reveal an increasing dominance of African countries, whose demographic boom could end up tilting the organisation’s balance. EurActiv spoke to Abdou Diouf, secretary-general of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). 

OIF chief: 'French remains a universal language'

French is still a "universal language"and the number of French-speakers worldwide is growing, Abdou Diouf, secretary-general of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, told EurActiv in an interview on the occasion of the body’s thirteenth international summit. 

Twenty French officials tipped for top EU posts

Up to twenty French officials – and as many Brits and Germans – are to enter the inner circles of the new European commissioners. EurActiv France reports.

Paris applies 'friendly pressure' on French language use

With the Lisbon Treaty in place and recruitment ready to start for the European diplomatic service, France is on a mission to strengthen its "francophone exigency," said former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, special envoy on francophony to President Nicolas Sarkozy.

EU addresses shortage of French interpreters

European Commission representatives are in France this week to encourage young people to consider a career in languages, amid fears that the EU executive will face a "serious shortage" of French-language interpreters within five to 10 years.

Francophone leaders back Sarkozy’s finance summit

French-speaking countries gathered over the weekend for a major summit in Canada "unanimously" backed French President Nicolas Sarkozy's demand for multinational talks to revamp the global financial system.
EU Priorities 2020 27-08-2008

Interview: 'Political reality hampering Sarkozy's EU ambitions'

France's EU Presidency objectives, primary among which is the much-vaunted 'Union for the Mediterranean' project, are so ambitious that the government may not have the means to implement them, Olivier Ferrand, the president of Terra Nova, a new progressive think tank, told EurActiv France in an interview. 
EU Priorities 2020 02-07-2008

Professor: Citizens want 'concrete, pragmatic EU'

Demand is growing among Europeans for a "pragmatic" EU which focuses on "concrete" issues, Dominique Reynié, a professor at Paris's prestigious Sciences-Po university, told EurActiv France.

Interview: Multilingualism 'weakening in the EU institutions'

Making sure different languages are represented at the heart of the EU is essential for democracy, according to Abdou Diouf, secretary-general of the 'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie', the international French-language association.
Future EU 31-01-2008

France tones down EU presidency rhetoric

French Secretary of State for EU Affairs Jean-Pierre Jouyet has played down expectations regarding the goals of its upcoming EU presidency amid rising tensions with partners over President Nicolas Sarkozy's European policy. EurActiv France reports.

Climate change, energy policy top French EU presidency's list

Government and civil society organisations have both identified energy policy and fighting climate change as priorities of the country's upcoming EU presidency next year. But civil society groups fear that government officials may not share their growth and job creation goals, a conference hosted by EurActiv France heard.

Orban calls on France to promote multilingual EU

As reported by EurActiv.fr, Commissioner Leonard Orban visited France recently to lay the groundwork for establishing co-operation on multilingualism ahead of the country's stint at the EU's helm in 2008. 

Group pushes to bolster French-language legal supremacy

A high-level campaign group aims to have French confirmed as the EU's primary legal language.
Digital 08-06-2005

Green light for 'French CNN'

The Commission has approved the state financing of a French language international television news network that hopes to challenge the likes of US-based CNN and Arabian Al-Jazeera.