French national assembly to renew language amendment call

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
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- Brussel, Friday, 04 July 2008 by Davyth Hicks     The Committee on
Legislation of the French National Assembly, challenging the Senate, has
reintroduced the amendment that regional languages be recognised in the
constitution, on Wednesday, said the Breton MP Marc Le Fur (UMP). "The
amendment was reintroduced under Title 12 devoted to the territories. The
important thing is that the regional languages are in the constitution, "
said Mr le Fur, adding that, " this new version will be proposed to the
Assembly on 8th or July 9th. I hope that Members continue in the same logic
of the first vote and vote moreorless unanimously."

The amendment states that "regional languages are part of France's
patrimonie". While it marks some progress, it falls far short of the
substantive language rights needed for Breton, Basque and Catalan in order
to regenerate them. UNESCO recognises Breton as endangered, and while the
number of Basque speakers are increasing in Euskadi (Basque Autonomous
Community), the part under French administration, Iparralde, has seen a
sharp decline in the number of speakers. (Eurolang 2008)

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