The French Senate rejects ratification of the European Charter of Regional and Minority Languages, pending from 1999
In another shockingly shameful display of Jacobinism, the French Senate decided yesterday to reject the proposal of Francois Hollande for the ratification of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, signed by France already in 1999.
180 mainly conservative and-surprisingly-left wing senators voted against the proposal while 155 were in favor. Trying to justify this scandalous decision, senators who were against the document argued that "a potential ratification would jeopardize main principles of the State, like its unity" (sic!)
This means that the ratification procedure is blocked and will not move to the Congress (the joint legislative body of the Parliament and the Senate).
This is also a personal defeat for Francois Hollande who pledged twice that during his term France will finally ratify the Charter. Hypocritically enough, France was one of the first countries to sign the document but showed no political will to ratify it and thus binding itself with concrete steps to protect and promote regional and minority languages.
Even today, official Paris does not recognize the use of these languages on a regional and local level, despite the ongoing protests and the public outcry. Just a few days ago, thousands of people went to the streets in several cities, demanding co-officiality status for Basque, Breton, Catalan, Corsican, Alsatian German and Occitan.
Unfortunately, through yesterday's decision, the French Jacobin (para)state showed for yet another time its contempt to the will of people but also to the promises of its own president. As EFA MEP Jordi Sebastia commented from Strasburg, "the famous French La Grandeur (Splendor) is actually full of many miseries."
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