France to train 2000 in fight to promote language

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Fri Sep 10 17:43:39 UTC 2004

>>From the 2004

France to train 2000 in fight to promote language
10.09.2004 - 09:33 CET | By Andrew Beatty

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Paris is to train 2000 teachers over the next
three years in a bid to promote the French language in the enlarged EU.
The French Foreign Ministry yesterday announced the three-year plan,
designed, they say, to promote the language in the 10 new EU member states
as well as Bulgaria and Romania.

Each wave of enlargement in the European Union in recent decades has
resulted in an increase in the prominence of English in Europe, often to
the detriment of French. Indeed the number of European Commissioners from
the new member states who speak Russian is said to be more than those who
speak French. According to the Foreign Ministry, which is also responsible
for Francophonie overseas, the operation will come in two stages.

The initial phase of the operation has been dubbed "100 Teachers for a
Multilingual Europe" by the French authorities. This phase will see 100
young French teachers meet with Foreign Minister and former Commissioner
Michel Barnier to discuss "new prospects for promoting French in a
multilingual Europe". The later phase is expected to see the training of
some 2000 teachers to be deployed after 2006.

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