Groaning France complains EU still uses English despite Brexit

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MOANING France complained that the EU still uses English despite Brexit.

French Minister Clément Beaune said Brussels should gradually abandon its daily use in favor of French.

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French Minister Clément Beaune said EU should eliminate English from everyday use in favor of FrenchCredit: Rex Features

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, gave most of her flagship State of the Union speech in English and just a little in French.

But Mr Beaune insisted that now is the time for EU countries to “get used to speaking our own languages ​​again”.

He said: ‘It would be even less understandable after Brexit if we were all operating in broken English. ”

Paris called the use of English in most of the Commission’s press releases an “obstacle to understanding” the EU.

Brussels has 23 official languages ​​but only uses English, French and German for daily work.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered most of her State of the Union flagship speech in English2
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered most of her State of the Union flagship speech in EnglishCredit: Rex Features

English is by far the most widely spoken and well-known foreign language in all but five European countries.

The former boss of the EU, Jean-Claude Juncker, has repeatedly complained about the regular use of our language and preferred to speak his native French.

But Ms von der Leyen, who studied in London, has returned to a heavy reliance on English since her replacement last January.

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