Brexit and French
"Residency applicants must reach at least level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which means managing simple and direct exchange communication on familiar topics and activities.
For French nationality, the challenge is harder. A passport is only granted to those who pass the CEFR B1 level, which includes a sustained French conversation."
I didn't know the French gave away their "nationality" so cheapily.
A B1 level is so low that you can't attend a French school or university, and you're basically only equipped for low-skilled jobs in the labor market-at least if French is a must for the job.
In either case, they might as well throw both requirements in the institutional trash can where they belong...
Isn‘t forcing somebody to learn French against the Geneva convention or something?
Forcing somebody to live in France might count as animal cruelty? :-D
Surely the French don't want British people learning French and polluting their language with our low-level English words and idioms.
Well, English is currently "the" lingua franca of the world and is slowly but surely creeping into every other natural language on the planet, including French.
The main reason for this is the status of the US as the only true global superpower and its soft power related ro media (movies, TV series, music, literature, etc.), sports, science, technology, business, etc.
But the funny thing about working with international teams is that a simpler, internationalized version of English is created/used, with words from other languages creeping in.
And another observation in this context is that native English speakers aren't at an advantage when using this simplified, internationalized version of English, as the use of more sophisticated linguistic forms (i.e., complicated sentence structures, low-frequency collocations, and idioms) tends to hinder communication on an international level.
With these global trends in mind, it really doesn't make much difference if the British decide to learn French, Spanish, etc. or not :-)
However, it would make a difference if England decided that "Aquitaine" is still English and not part of France. That would be funny, wouldn't it?