Angst around French language boils over in Quebec, as politicians warn of ‘decline’

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MONTREAL — Perennial anxieties around the state of the French language in Quebec have boiled over in the past week, with politicians seizing on a Liberal legislator’s initial brush-off of the issue as evidence of indifference to a crisis. Outside of Quebec, the angry debate may have seemed a tempete in a teapot, if it appeared on anglophones’ radar at all. But in la belle province and Ottawa, Montreal MP Emmanuella Lambropoulos set off alarms when she asked the official languages commissioner in a House of Commons committee meeting last week — Friday the 13th — whether French was in peril.

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