About a hundred people gathered in Colmar this Saturday, May 29 to defend the Alsatian language and denounce the decision of the Constitutional Council to partially revoke the Molac bill.
A hundred people gathered in Colmar this Saturday, May 29 at the appeal of the collective “So that our languages live” to defend loudly the Alsatian language. The demonstration responds to the decision of the Constitutional Council to partially reject the Molac bill. Censorship very badly experienced by defenders of regional languages.
The meeting point is in the middle of an industrial zone, in the parking lot of the premises of the Eltern Alsace association in Colmar. An isolated place, but the red and white gathering is easily spotted among the gray buildings. Elsa, an 18-year-old high school student in Terminale, is on a Franco-German course at Sélestat. “It brings me a lot of things from the cultural point of view, on the open-mindedness and as long as we practice French alongside I do not see how that threatens national unity”, declares the young girl alongside his parents.
We are going to deprive ourselves of part of our identity “- Elsa, 18, high school student in Franco-German course at Sélestat.
Reference to article 2 of the constitution on which the Sages rely to recall that “the language of the Republic is French”. “But that does not prevent speaking Alsacien!, Protests Suzanne, retired in Pfastatt, who speaks fluently the dialect, we learned French grammar and spelling perfectly.”
At his side, his son, Pierre, also learned the regional language from the cradle. “I have my work because I speak Alsatian. It allows me to understand Bavarians, South Tyroleans and all the people in the German-speaking area,” argues the protester.
The decision of the Constitutional Council is not a simple status quo for the teaching of regional languages. At the rate of speeches, associations and political parties describe it as a “step backwards, a threat to immersive teaching”.
It would suffice to add one word: “French is the common language of France” – Claude Froehlicher, president of the Eltern Alsace association.
The ABCM network is well aware of the question: out of its twelve schools, six are practicing it on an experimental basis. “This form of teaching is deemed unconstitutional by the Sages, regrets Philippe Huffling, director of an ABCM school in Ingersheim, and if we rely solely on the texts, in practice, there is a wall.”
An impasse which has a way out for the demonstrators: to modify article 2 of the constitution. “We need a constitutional review,” says Claude Froehlicher, president of the Eltern Alsace association, there are probably two-thirds of Parliament who could be in favor. It would suffice to add one word: “French is the common language of France”.
Tensions around regional languages are deep and result from a duel between two political ideologies dating back to the French Revolution. Jacobinism, which defends the unity of the centralized Nation against the Girondins, who advocate a better distribution of powers between the regions and Paris.
“We consider that the French nation is based on the uniqueness of the language, therefore our country has had difficulty in recognizing its own diversity”, analyzes Pierre Klein, president of the bilingual Alsace association.
A purely ideological position according to him. Emmanuel Macron and the Prime Minister also recalled the richness of regional languages in France. The demand for a modification of article 2 further crystallizes the debate one month before the regional elections.
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