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By Tony Judt, Denis Lacorne

This e-book examines the function that language has performed in forming glossy ecu international locations. With language an omnipresent factor in the eu Union, the significance languages have performed in the histories and current events of member countries is a vital subject. Drawing on a world forged of individuals, the publication explores the problems of monolingualism vs. plurilingualism inside of person countries, the revival of languages in countries equivalent to former soviet republics, and concludes with a glance at language within the digital age.

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99 Generally speaking, the French position on the issue of minorities is uncomfortable because it is based on conceptions which are not understood elsewhere. Other unitary States have adapted to the institutionalized protection of minorities. This does not appear contrary to the principle of equality in the manner in which it is respected by European countries and promoted by European jurisdictions in Strasbourg and Luxembourg, indeed in a much more progressive manner than by French jurisdiction.

33 This could only be justified in light of the island’s geographic, historic, linguistic, and cultural particularities. In the proposed law, the legislator believed that this could be expressed by recognizing the existence of a “Corsican people among the French,” however this was to fail. ” In reality, what inspired the Conseil even more than the Constitution in this matter was the philosophy underlying the Republican order. “Ever since the Revolution, French law has always rejected any official recognition of differences between individuals according to their origin, race, or religion.

57 In order to avoid abuse, however, and when the general interest is invoked as a justification to override equality, it must be in relation to the pursued objective of the contested regulation. ”59 The Conseil Constitutionnel has adopted analogous jurisprudence regarding an increasing number of legislative texts. ”62 Examples such as subsidies attributed to companies or the national defense interest serve as an illustration. Preserving cultural diversity or French linguistic patrimony is not mentioned, but they could be in light of numerous declarations made by high-ranking French public officials who describe this as serving the general interest.

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