EU - French as the Bloc’s Common Tongue?

Arno Froese

When Emmanuel Macron’s government takes over the rotating EU Council presidency next year, its mother tongue will be used in meetings, it’s claimed.

France will also plough cash into free language classes for foreign diplomats to learn French, a source told the Daily Telegraph

Clement Beaune, France’s Europe minister, said: “Even though the French language is alive, flourishing, and its teaching is developing around the world, it is at home, within the European institutions, that it suffers.”

Like many of his predecessors, Macron has pushed initiatives to boost French learning across the world.

French is one of the EU’s three working languages, which also include English and German among 24 official languages spoken in the bloc., 7 June 2021

Arno's Commentary

France’s attempt to reduce the use of English as Europe’s most common international language will probably run into a dead end. 

There is something about English that has an advantage; namely, the simplicity and practicality. Most other European languages have a higher cultural level and are more difficult to learn as a second language. For example, when it comes to the distinction between male and female and formal versus informal in the second-person pronoun, English is super-simple: “you.” The singularity of usage is also applied to the animal world. For example, dogs eat and drink, just like humans; not so in other languages.

The other virtually insurmountable obstacle is the entertainment and communication fields, which are dominated by the USA—thus, English.

Languages will continue to be practiced in each respective country. Acts 2 tells of Jews from 16 different nations hearing the apostles speaking in their very own tongue. Whether the disciples were speaking these 16 different languages, we do not know, but what is reported is clear: “And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?” (Acts 2:8).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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