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Briton becomes ‘immortal’ guardian of French tongue

AP, PARIS

“I don’t think it’s paranoia. I think they’re right. English is a threat,” he said.

However, it is not “real English” that threatens the French language, he quickly added.

The real problem? Bad English — “the sort of universal lingua-anglica which is not proper English and which invades French through all sorts of expressions which are unnecessary,” he said.

Edwards also spies what he says is a deeper, more insidious threat: the growing demand on the French to write in English for professional reasons.

He sees that as potentially “very dangerous” to philosophers and scientists, for instance, where language can have an impact on the work itself.

“A language is a living organism. It’s a way of thinking, a memory,” Edwards said.

“It’s important that a French philosopher think in French,” he said.

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