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๐๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐…๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ก ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐š๐ ๐ž. ๐–๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š ๐œ๐š๐ฉ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐

For nearly four centuries L'Acadรฉmie franรงaise, founded by Cardinal Richelieu in 1635, has been guarding the French language, defending it with a spirit the three musketeers would have admired.

๐…๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐…๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ฌ An elite of some 40 gallic literati, wearing green-fringed capes coming in at around โ‚ฌ40,000 each, is charged with defending the French language. Known as โ€œLes immortelsโ€, their mission is to halt the lazy adoption of English, Franglais, as with terms such as โ€œun walkie-talkieโ€ and โ€œle weekend.โ€ They started their dictionary in 1935 ... One of L'Acadรฉmie franรงaiseโ€™s objectives is to produce a French dictionary, of appropriate words, though progress is slow as they published their last dictionary in 1935. Their task is unlikely to be complete by โ€œle weekend.โ€

๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‹'๐€๐œ๐š๐๐žฬ๐ฆ๐ข๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œฬง๐š๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž? There are questions as to whether L'Acadรฉmie franรงaise could put a brake on progress. In the organisationโ€™s desire to retain the purity of the French language, will the august body restrict Franceโ€™s exposure to global ideas? Will the L'Acadรฉmie franรงaise hamper cross-fertilisation of new concepts and inadvertently slow French progress in many fields that include culture, medicine, science and technology?

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