2004-11-23

Quebec language agency says French in "precarious" state in province

QUEBEC (CP) - The French language is in a "precarious" state in Quebec as English usage continues to grow, says a report by Quebec's language watchdog.
The Office quebecois de la langue francaise says English usage is growing at a slightly higher rate than French - two per cent for English compared with 1.7 per cent for French. Efforts to force businesses to comply with language laws "have not yet allowed French in Quebec to come into full and widespread use," the watchdog said in an annual report tabled in the provincial legislature.

"In this context, it appears that the use of French at work is precarious, despite gains made in the past few years."

Heads up to any concerned Quebecers! The Quebecian language watchdog is on the task.

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