Summary of “Quebec Tries to Say Au Revoir to ‘Hi,’ and Hello to ‘Bonjour'”

To help safeguard the French language, children of immigrant families are required to attend French schools.
Many among the young generation of Quebecers, reared on a steady diet of American popular culture and English-language social media, switch easily between the two languages.
Proponents of the motion say French Canadians have every reason to be concerned about preserving the French language at a time of globalization, when English is the lingua franca of the world.
The Office Québécois de la Langue Française, the watchdog agency, has sought to fend off Anglicisms creeping into the French language by coming up with alternatives.
Writing in Le Journal de Montréal on the day the resolution was passed, Josée Legault, a leading columnist, argued that the failure by the Quebec political class to protect the French language was a “Revolting phenomenon” at a time of encroaching bilingualism.
In another convulsion over language, an uproar erupted last month when Adidas opened a flagship shoe store in Montreal and its Francophone manager gave an introductory speech mostly in English.
Bill Brownstein, a veteran columnist for the Montreal Gazette, an English-language newspaper, said seizing on the language issue reflected a desperate effort by the Parti Québécois to try and grab attention at a time when nationalism is waning and it was trailing in the polls ahead of provincial elections next year.
“Language is always a Pandora’s box in Quebec,” he said.

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