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  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 01:20 PM

France a 'rogue state' on regional languages

Simon Hooper / Aljazeera.com
Despite its precarious situation, Breton has no formal status in France. It is not offered as a language of education in the public school system, the state makes no provision for regional language media, and it is not used in government or public services. Once home to a vibrant multitude of tongues, the monolingualism of modern France is enshrined in article two of the country's constitution, rooted in the revolutionary principles of 1789, which reads: “The language of the Republic shall be French.”

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