French president Jacques Chirac has told 49 French-speaking nations to promote the use of the language, instead of English, on the Internet.
Despite the widespread use of English in the IT world in most countries, Chirac believes French is catching up with English on the Internet. A government representative said Chirac urged the French-speaking countries, which represent 400 million people, to ensure the language is used online.
According to the representative, Chirac said the countries have to develop "a cultural dimension that is also political and dynamic" on the Internet. Chirac said he wants all French high schools to be linked to the Net by 2000, so that France can keep up with the IT industry.
The French have warned that American culture and TV are invading their country in recent weeks, prompting mockery and amazement from the US media.
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