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shanoxilt wrote

Given that you are an Esperantist, this response is somewhat ironic.

Unlike Esperanto, French is not a neutral, consensually-adopted language. It is, has been, and will continue to be forced upon other nations, just like English.

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Random_Revolutionary wrote

Yeah french schools since the third (I think) republic has killed our regional languages too! Teachers would beat and punish children that spoke regional languages. They were also really efficient at it, wiping regional culture and languages in a few generations. The French language story is a sad one.

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TeoKajLibroj wrote

Right, but he's trying to promote French instead of English. I don't see how promoting French is evil imperialism, but using English is completely normal and shouldn't change.

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watermelon wrote

No one is promoting English. If there were an article with England's rulers making the same statements, we'd have the same reaction.

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shanoxilt wrote

Unfortunately, the fact that nobody is promoting English but it is spoken nearly everywhere is part of the problem.

It means that the Anglosphere's linguistic imperialism has been more successful.

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TeoKajLibroj wrote

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, is to spend hundreds of millions of euros boosting the French language worldwide, in a push to overtake English in Africa, increase the use of French online and teach French to more European officials to loosen the grip of the English language on Brussels.

This is the very first line of the article. You can't complain about promoting one imperialistic language while ignoring its even larger rival.

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emma wrote

Drawing attention to one nation's renewed imperial ambitions isn't the same as ignoring those of another. This is a classic straw man argument.

Admit you have no leg to stand on, and move on with your life.

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