Sarkozy: Arabic the "language of the future"

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Published on The Brussels Journal (http://www.brusselsjournal.com)

Sarkozy: “Arabic Is the Language of the Future”
By Tiberge

Created 2008-10-14 11:14

The French government is strongly advocating the teaching of Arabic language and civilization in French schools. Not surprising, considering the number of Arabs and Muslims in France, and the unctuous deference with which they are treated by officials, beginning notably with Nicolas Sarkozy, who cannot praise enough the splendor of Arabic contributions to the world.

The French National Assembly was the scene of a meeting earlier this month of the first Conference on the Teaching of Arabic Language and Culture, attended by a variety of interested parties. There was much wearisome blather about the need for "dialogue."

In his message to the participants, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Arabic the "language of the future, of science and of modernity," and expressed the hope that "more French people share in the language that expresses great civilizational and spiritual values."

"We must invest in the Arabic language (because) to teach it symbolizes a moment of exchange, of openness and of tolerance, (and it) brings with it one of the oldest and most prestigious civilizations of the world. It is in France that we have the greatest number of persons of Arabic and Muslim origin. Islam is the second religion of France," Sarkozy reminded his listeners.

More at:

http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/3591


I am not so sure of my avatar right now...
 
#3
It's nicely wrapped up, but the message is "Know your Enemy".
 
#4
All part of the course for a Gaullist like Sarko surely?
 
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fantassin said:
Published on The Brussels Journal (http://www.brusselsjournal.com)

Sarkozy: “Arabic Is the Language of the Future”
By Tiberge

Created 2008-10-14 11:14

In his message to the participants, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Arabic the "language of the future, of science and of modernity" and expressed the hope that "more French people share in the language that expresses great civilizational and spiritual values."

"We must invest in the Arabic language (because) to teach it symbolizes a moment of exchange, of openness and of tolerance, (and it) brings with it one of the oldest and most prestigious civilizations of the world.

http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/3591


I am not so sure of my avatar right now...
Oh M. le President has a marvellous sense of humour :D

Is the French President allowed to do wahs :?:
 
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Mr_Deputy said:
Is this because some African countries like Rwanda have just officially and publically dumped French as their language and adopted English instead? This has caused some upset with 'Francophone' countries such as well...France. They said on Radio 4 that at the next franophone conference in Canda the place of Rwanda will be noticeably empty...probably as there is no one else to fill it. Not exactly a waiting list is there?
So are they now championing any other language going - except English of course as they keep losing out to that one.
Mind you there's probably more Arabic speakers in Paris than French speakers.
Especially at football matches:
http://www.france24.com/en/20081015-sarkozy-france-tunisia-jeering-during-national-anthem-football
 
#7
Maybe he's just getting the country ready for a bit of collaboration after the next invasion. Seven Ps and all that
 
#10
I'm still putting my money on Mandarin. Nin zhī dao tā yǒu dào lǐ.
 
#11
Surely arabic will only be a useful language as long as they have something we want. When is the oil due to run out? When will the boffins come up with a practical replacement for fossil fuel energy generation?

If it's less than 30 years for either of the above, IMHO it's rather pointless to make a drive to general learning of arabic.

And there's always the chance of the middle east becoming an instant glass topped parking lot at any time.

Teach our kids to speak English LOUDLY and slowly. It worked for three centuries of Empire.
 
#12
Themanwho said:
Teach our kids to speak English LOUDLY and slowly. It worked for three centuries of Empire.
And sadly the thinking which got us into the empire was not the thinking which allowed us to keep it...

msr
 
#13
Nobody ever keeps an Empire in the long run, as I'm sure the spams will be finding out soon!
 
#17
Surely arabic will only be a useful language as long as they have something we want. When is the oil due to run out? When will the boffins come up with a practical replacement for fossil fuel energy generation?
At which point the Arabic speaking world will become irrelevant as they currently have nothing else to offer the world. Although to be fair, Dubai is making an effort plan ahead for that time, but you can get by pretty well on English there.
 
#18
Brussels journal?!...yeah factual site that.

I'd prefer if thsi was from somewhwere slightly more trustworthy...Fox news perhap's.
 
#19
Tartan_Terrier said:
It's nicely wrapped up, but the message is "Know your Enemy".
along the same lines, cant quite remember who said it originally..

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer
SK
 

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