Bid to make French tongue of EU justice system

14th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 13 (AFP) - One of the official arbiters of the French language launched a bid Wednesday to make the mother tongue of Moliere, Chirac and Inspector Clouseau the official idiom of the EU justice system.

PARIS, Oct 13 (AFP) - One of the official arbiters of the French language launched a bid Wednesday to make the mother tongue of Moliere, Chirac and Inspector Clouseau the official idiom of the EU justice system.  

French "reduced the risks of differing interpretations to a minimum" compared to other languages, Maurice Druon, a member of France's centuries-old Academie Francaise, told a news conference in Paris.  

He presented a declaration of the initiative boasting several high-profile signatures, including those of former Portuguese president Mario Soares, former Polish foreign minister Bronislaw Geremek, former UNESCO chief Frederico Mayor and the Albanian writer Ismail Kadare.  

It called for French to be the reference language for "all texts of legal or normative nature engaging the members of the Union".  

A state prosecutor to France's equivalent of the supreme court, Jean-Francois Burgelin, said the move was meant to counter a juridical "decadence of which the impoverishment of French in international legal relations could be a sign".  

France has made several efforts to protect its language as a working vernacular of the European Union alongside English, which is establishing itself as the lingua franca of choice in Brussels, home of the European Commission - the executive arm of the European Union -, and in Strasbourg, where the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice sit.

 

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