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Half-Spanish electoral candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon lays down language law to BBC reporters: “English no; Spanish, yes”
24 April 2017 @ 13:16

LEFT-WING French electoral candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon refused to speak in English to the BBC during an interview, saying he would only converse in Spanish – the language of his grandparents.

Leader of the independent party La France Insoumise ('Unsubmissive France'), the politician stopped a British reporter mid-flow with: “English no; Spanish, yes.”

He later uploaded a video to YouTube in which he accuses the British of arrogance and 'imperialism'.

“They think the whole world should speak English,” Mélenchon complained, in Spanish.

“It's because they're intrinsically imperialist, they think they own the world – you give a press conference and you're expected to speak English.

La France Insoumise isn't the only political outfit which refused to speak English with the BBC; a few years ago, Germany's deputy Chancellor Guido Westerwelle, when interviewed on home soil, pointed out, 'in the UK you speak English, but here in Germany we speak German',” Mélenchon continues.

Read more at thinkSPAIN.com



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johnzx said:
26 April 2017 @ 10:20

Interesting when much of the English language is the result of invasions by the Germans(Anglo Saxons) and French (1066).
Just a VERY few of the thousands of French words:_

abandon
abandonment
abase (Old Fr. abaissier)
abash (Old Fr. esbaïr)
abate (Old Fr. abatre, compare modern Fr. abattre)
abatement (Old Fr. abatement, compare modern Fr. abattement)
abatis
abattoir
abbatial
abbe
abbess
abbey (Anglo Fr. abbeie, from Old Fr. abaïe, compare modern Fr. abbaye)
abbreviation, (Fr.abréviation)
abdication
abet (Old Fr. abeter)
abeyance (Anglo Fr. abeiance, from Old Fr. abeance)
abhor (Fr. abhorrer)
ability (Old Fr. ableté, compare modern Fr. habileté with restoration of initial h of Latin habilitas)
abject
abjection
abjuration
abjure (Fr. abjurer)
ablation (Fr. ablation)
ablative
able, from Old French, compare modern Fr. habile or capable
ablution
abnormal compare anormal
aboard (Middle Fr. à bord)
abolish, compare abolir
abolition
abominable
abomination
abound
abrasion
abrasive, Fr. abrasif, abrasive(fem.)
abridge, Fr. abréger
abrogation
abrupt
absence
absent
absinthe
absolute, from Middle French, compare modern Fr. absolu
absolution
absorb (Fr. absorber)
abstain (Old Fr. abstenir)
abstention
abstinence
abstinent
absurd
absurdity (Fr. absurdité)
abundance (Old Fr. abundance, modern Fr. abondance)
abundant
abuse (Fr. abuser)
abusive (Fr. abusif, abusive(fem.) )
abut (Old Fr. abouter)
abysmal (Old Fr. abisme)
academy, compare académie, from anc. Greek akademeia
Acadia (Fr. Acadie)
acceleration (Fr. accélération)
accent (Fr. accent)
accept (Fr accepter)
acceptable
acceptance
access (Fr. accès)
accessible
accession
accident
acclamation
acclimate (Fr. acclimater)
accolade
accommodation
accompaniment (Fr. accompagnement)
accompany (Old Fr. acompaignier, modern Fr. accompagner)
accomplice (Old Fr. complice)
accomplish (Old Fr. acomplir,


johnzx said:
26 April 2017 @ 10:24

PS. There are more than 600 beginning with 'A' alone.




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