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French collective to sue Paris bid over 'Trump language'

PARIS, Feb 17, 2017 (BSS/AFP) - A collective of associations aimed at preserving the French language will legally challenge the Paris 2024 Olympic bid slogan for using "the language of Donald Trump", their lawyer said on Friday.

French language enthusiasts have been irked by the use of English in the Paris 2024 slogan: "Made for Sharing".

A motion will be filed at the Paris administrative court on Monday
accusing the slogan of infringing a 1994 law aimed at protecting the French language, and also of being against the Olympic charter, lawyer Emmanuel Ludot told AFP.

In the motion, the collective has described the slogan as an "insult" to the French language.

One of the member associations is the French literary organisation the Academie Goncourt, whose president Bernard Pivot said: "Obviously, I find this slogan a mistake, an absurdity.

"Paris, the capital of the francophone world is bowing to the language not only of Shakespeare but also that of Donald Trump!"