'Is it really that hard to use a French word?' - The Local: In the second instalment of The Local's opinion series Tete-a-tete, we examine efforts to protect the French language from the invasion of Franglais. We hear from a defiant Ministry of Culture in Paris as well opponents of linguistic protectionism.
The French government’s recent decision to scrap the English word “hashtag” and replace it with the Gallic word “mot-dièse” not only sparked a Twitter frenzy but it also reignited an old debate over the future of the French language and an ongoing battle for the authorities to protect it from the invasion of "Franglais".
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