Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Tokyo Governor Sued for Insulting French

"A group of teachers and translators in Japan on Wednesday sued Tokyo's outspoken nationalist governor for allegedly calling French a "failed international language," a news report said.

Twenty-one people filed the lawsuit at the Tokyo District Court, demanding that Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara pay a total of 10.5 million yen ($94,600) compensation for insulting the French language in remarks last October, national broadcaster NHK said.

In their suit, the plaintiffs accused Ishihara of saying: "French is a failed international language because it cannot be used to count numbers."

"It's natural for different languages to have different names for numbers and different ways of counting them, so it's unacceptable for him to insult French in this way," Malik Berkane, who heads a French-language school in Tokyo, told reporters at a news conference.

The Tokyo metropolitan government refused to comment, saying it hadn't received word of the lawsuit."-AP

I don't like the French language either.....:)


  • Can we sue the French government for stupidity? :P

    By Blogger David Ketter, at 3:38 PM  

  • If we could they'd be bankrupt....:)

    By Blogger MVB, at 9:59 AM  

  • LOL, you know, I just found out that our word "advertisement" comes from the French "avertissement" which actually means "Warning" - does that mean we shouldn't by French-made products? (considering the definition of advertisement... :P

    By Blogger David Ketter, at 8:26 PM  

  • *ahem* it's buy not by. ;) I think if we stopped buying French-made products, we may as well stop buying China-made products. You can really go crazy doing that, especially since everything is made in China. I guess it wouldn't really affect you if you started avoiding French-made products though....

    By Blogger Sara, at 9:53 PM  

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