Emmanuel Macron: "The French Language Does Not Belong" To The French People

18 Oct

Colton Hveem

French president Emmanuel Macron dismissed the significant history and heritage of the French language during his trip to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. When discussing the French language, Macron did not endorse the idea of the French uniquely belonging to the French people. Instead, Macron suggesting their language belonged to the globe.

“While traveling to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, where the 17th Francophonie Summit is being held, the President of the Republic defended a plural vision of the French language,” Le Figaro reports.

"The French language does not belong to any of us but belongs to everyone,” suggested Macron. He continued on to suggest the language’s “epicenter” is not in France, but instead established instead “it is probably in the Congo Basin or somewhere in the region."

Macron, if interpreted generously, is effectively suggesting that there is nothing distinct about the French language since the emergence of language with the origin of man, since modern man is believed to have originated and spread from the African continent. If Macron is suggesting something other than this, then his message is not entirely clear.

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