Spotlight on France

Gender-inclusive French sparks backlash

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The Académie française
The Académie française RFI/Pierre René-Worms

A textbook for primary school pupils has sparked a debate in France about gender in the French language. It uses "inclusive writing": a way of including both masculine and feminine forms of a noun. Those in favour say it encourages equality between men and women.


The Académie française, the institution that oversees the French language, has weighed in saying it’s a threat to the French language. But, in English, there's no equivalent.

RFI’s Sarah Elzas explains what the fuss is all about.

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