AFP, published on Saturday May 29, 2021 at 5.30 p.m.
Thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday in Guingamp, a few hundred in Colmar and Bastia, to defend “immersive education” in regional languages, censored by the Constitutional Council.
“People are there because they are afraid that the associative schools will be closed. The decision of the Constitutional Council could take away all their funding” and “calls into question a teaching method used for more than 50 years”, declared to l ‘AFP the deputy of Morbihan Paul Molac (Liberties and Territories), present among the 6,000 Breton demonstrators (according to the prefecture, 10,000 according to the organizers).
He is the author of the law on regional languages, passed on April 8 in the Assembly and partially rebutted on May 21 by the Constitutional Council, which censored the immersive method at school as well as the use of diacritics. like the tilde (~) in civil status documents.
“We are at an impasse, to get out of it we have to modify the Constitution,” said Yann Uguen, president of the associative schools of immersive teaching in Breton Diwan.
Immersion corresponds to teaching carried out for a large part of school time in a language other than French.
“It is a regression, because it is the very principle of the immersive teaching of a regional language which has been declared unconstitutional”, for his part declared in Colmar Claude Froehlicher, president of the association of parents of Eltern Alsace students.
During the Alsatian rally, bringing together about 200 people at the end of the morning, the president of the Grand Est region, Jean Rottner, LR candidate for re-election, received a large quantity of flour on his head. Cries of “traitor” and “felon” were heard, against this former defender of Alsace who became a figurehead of a large region still often poorly accepted.
“To be floured on this occasion by an autonomist is a form of recognition. I am very sensitive to this tribute to Alsatian pastry”, quipped on Twitter Jean Rottner, who, on the spot, had not spoken.
The Alsatian rally had attracted many candidates in the next regional and departmental elections, while the red and white flag of Alsace was omnipresent.
“The only way to ensure that my children can become true Alsatian speakers and later pass on to their children a language that has been in their family for centuries is immersion education,” explained to AFP Cécile Walschaerts, Belgian married to an Alsatian and mother of two little girls aged 7 and 5, who did their kindergarten years in Alsatian / German immersion.
In Bastia, Corsican polyphonic songs closed at the end of the morning the demonstration of a little less than 200 people, including the leader of the independence movement “Corsica Libera” and president of the Assembly of Corsica, Jean-Guy Talamoni, in front of the premises of the academic inspectorate for the defense of the Corsican language. Two banners were displayed with the message “So that our languages live”.
“It is a fundamental mobilization. The Constitutional Council denied a democratic fact. What is happening is extremely serious. It calls into question all the devices for teaching the Corsican language”, launched at the microphone Ghjiseppu Turchini, language teacher Corsica.
Also in Lille, around forty people came to the rectorate to demand primary education in Picard from the start of the 2021 school year and the recruitment of Flemish teachers.
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