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Macron Proffers French as NumberOne Language Unveils Worldwide Promotion

By Sarah GoodmanRabat – French President Emmanuel Macron announced his intention to invest hundreds of millions of euros into promoting and exporting the French language worldwide.Addressing the vaulted Académie Française on International Francophonie Day, March 20, Macron declared French a “language of freedom,” adding that the government will sponsor additional French programs to sustain and further disseminate its education abroad. This is in contrast to the opinion of the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who recently told the nation’s youth that “to master English is to better control one’s future” via Twitter. In the same tweet, Philippe also suggested state funding to defray the costs of English proficiency exams for France’s students.Nonetheless, Macron insists that English-language “domination is not inevitable” within the European Union and across the wider world. “It’s up to us to set some rules, to be present, and make French the language with which one has access to a number of opportunities.”The Macron government’s emissary for Francophone affairs Leïla Slimani was circumspect in her support. The Franco-Moroccan novelist insisted that she “had listened to all voices, even the most critical [ones]” and reiterated her position that there is no “hierarchy” of French speakers or writers.Read Also: French President Emmanuel Macron Vows to ‘Return African Heritage to Africa’French is the sixth most spoken language in the world and the vast majority of French speakers reside outside of France. Today, official “Francophonie” is a constellation of over 50 countries – from Morocco to Mauritius – where French is a national or significant language. Population experts estimate that, by 2050, 80 percent of French speakers will live in Africa.Macron sought to emphasize that France is a “country among others.” However, many people in France’s former colonies eye the Elysée leader’s new initiative with skepticism.Franco-Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou mounted a robust response to Macron’s mandate, noting that the French language was not historically associated with liberty for people in post-colonial countries. Last month in an open letter, Mabanckou noted that French has been a way for France to maintain undue influence in African affairs.“Unfortunately, la Francophonie is still seen as a continuation of France’s foreign policy in its former colonies.”Macron raised eyebrows last year when visiting Burkina Faso, regaling a room full of students with his ambitious, if not quixotic, pronouncement that French could become the “number-one language in Africa, maybe even the world.”Read Also: ‘Trump’s Statement on Jerusalem Is a Threat to Peace’: Emmanuel MacronOn the same trip, Macron claimed, “I am from a generation that doesn’t come to tell Africans what to do.” However, Mabanckou believes that the French president has not gone far enough in “provi[ng] to these young people that [he is] of another generation.”The Renaudot Prize-winning author explained that reinvigorating Francophonie would entail more than simply maintaining the currency of the French language abroad, and must come hand in hand with efforts to change attitudes in and open up France itself. read more

Now is the right time for Womens IPL – Raj

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWomen’s IPL not yet feasible – RajMarch 21, 2018In “latest news”Harmanpreet, Mandhana named captains of women’s exhibition T20May 15, 2018In “latest news”ICC urges higher pay to stop women leaving cricketOctober 12, 2017In “latest news” Mithali Raj, the India captain, put down India’s nine-run loss in the World Cup final at Lord’s to nervousness and lack of experience in finishing close games. India lost seven wickets for 28 runs after looking set to clinch their maiden World Cup title. They slumped from 191 for 3 to 219 all out in chase of 229. Indian Woman’s Cricket Team captain Mithali Raj (PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak) But even in disappointment, Raj chose to focus on her team’s “special journey”. “Everybody was very nervous and I think that resulted in our defeat,” she said. “The girls are sad because they have given it their all. Its natural and it will take time. These girls have set the platform. They have opened a lot of channels for women’s cricket. They should be proud.“As a captain I am very proud. I have seen the changes the girls have made. I’ve seen the transition. The team still looks very confident they will be a team that other teams will be looking out for. That’s what I’m proud of. We started off well. We had a few matches in which we were defeated and we came back stronger. Unlike 2005, this went to the end. The girls gave their best.”Without taking any names, Raj said the middle and lower order had not been able to handle the pressure of the chase. Veda Krishnamurthy was out slogging, Sushma Verma was bowled playing a nervous sweep, Shikha Pandey was run out attempting a single that wasn’t on while Deepti Sharma, realizing the need to finish things off as she was running out of partners with India needing 11 with two wickets in hand, dragged a hoick to midwicket.The slide undid some solid groundwork laid by Punam Raut, who top-scored with 86 during a 95-run stand with Harmanpreet Kaur, who made 51.“The last four or five batters could not handle the pressure,” Raj said. “At one point, the game was in the balance. That is when we didn’t hold our nerve. Their bowling and fielding was really up. “We messed it up in the end. It was a very brave innings from Punam. It’s about experience and how composed you are. The girls weren’t experienced enough to do it. But the way they have fought all along the tournament is very heartwarming. The Indian women’s team has a very bright future.”Raj, who confirmed that this was her last World Cup game, hoped India’s performance would serve as the start of a giant leap for women’s cricket in India. “The response from the public is very positive. I’m sure BCCI is very proud of the team. When we lost the warm-up games, no one gave us the chance to reach the semi-finals,” she said. “When we lost to South Africa and Australia, no one thought we would get to the final. A team like that has come to the finals and given a good fight to the home team.“The WBBL has given exposure to the two girls who have played [Smriti Mandhana and Kaur]. If more girls participate in such leagues, it will give them experience and help them to improve their own game. If you ask me they should have IPL because now is the right time to create that base. Women’s cricket is everywhere and they have put up a much better standard than the last World Cup.” (ESPNCricinfo) read more