March 24, 2006

Well, he's right about one thing

The Times UK (via Eugene Volokh) reports the following (my emphasis):

President [Jacques] Chirac stormed out of the first session of a European Union summit dominated by a row over French nationalism because a fellow Frenchman insisted on speaking English....

When [Ernest-Antoine Seillière, the leader of the European business lobby UNICE], who is an English-educated steel baron, started a presentation to all 25 EU leaders, President Chirac interrupted to ask why he was speaking in English. M Seillière explained: “I’m going to speak in English because that is the language of business.”

Without saying another word, President Chirac, who lived in the US as a student and speaks fluent English, walked out, followed by his Foreign, Finance and Europe ministers, leaving the 24 other European leaders stunned....

"President Chirac, who recently denounced British food as the worst in the world after Finnish, has led an increasingly eccentric campaign to try to turn back the growing dominance of English in the EU and across the world."

You can never fault a Frenchman for one thing -- and that is criticizing British cuisine!

Posted by Hube at March 24, 2006 05:58 PM | TrackBack

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Maybe he's just mad his predecessors claimed a giant desert instead of useful places in the big colonial land grab. If they had made better choices (like the British), perhaps the world would speak French as an international languge.

We do an activity on our world history classes where students to a "land grab," running around the room putting tags with their names on different objects. One year (so I was told), a student stuck his name on the microfisch, having no idea what it was or that it was useless at the high school level. The called him "Frenchie" from that point foward.

Wow, random story...I need a vacation.

Posted by: Mike McKain at March 25, 2006 06:52 PM

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