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French government bans schools from using “gender-neutral” language in schools

The French government recently banned schools from using certain “gender-neutral” or “inclusive” language in schools, saying it would be destructive to the French language and would prevent people from learning it.

“The country’s education ministry issued the ruling last week after a push to include full stops in the middle of written words – dubbed ‘midpoints’ – which allow both male and female forms to be represented simultaneously,” The Daily Mail reported. “In French grammar, nouns take on the gender of the subject to which they refer, with male preferred over female in mixed settings.” The Académie Française, a nearly 400-year-old institution that guards the French language, pushed back on the attempt to make the language woke, saying that it is “harmful to the practice and understanding of [French.]”

Deputy Education Minister, Nathalie Elimas, on Thursday said that “gender-neutral” and “inclusive” writing in French is “a danger to our country” and will “sound the death knell for the use of French in the world,” reported The Associated Press. France’s minister of education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, sent a decree to end the use of midpoints that try to designate both male and female endings to words, according to the French education ministry’s website, saying it would create confusion for children and foreigners trying to learn the language.

“So-called ‘inclusive’ writing should be avoided, which notably uses the midpoint to simultaneously reveal the feminine and masculine forms of a word used in the masculine when it is used in one sense,” the decree, which was sent to schools across France this month, reads. “In addition, this writing, which results in the fragmentation of words and agreements, constitutes an obstacle to reading and understanding the written word. The impossibility of verbally transcribing texts using this type of writing hampers reading aloud as well as pronunciation, and consequently learning, especially for the youngest,” the ministry added.

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ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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