[caption id="attachment_5853" align="alignnone" width="960"]Ambiance During The Second Row Of Municipal Elections In Beziers BEZIERS, FRANCE - MARCH 30: Robert Menard is congrutulated by supporters after being elected mayor of Beziers during the second round of the French municipal elections on March 30, 2014 in Beziers, France. Menard is a member of the far-right National Front party (FN). (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)[/caption]

English is largely considered the universal language of business and is one of the 24 ‘official languages’ of the EU.

Robert Ménard, the mayor of the southern French town of Béziers, said English no longer has “any legitimacy” and in a bitter swipe has called for EU chiefs to bid adieu to the language.

He even went as far to hint Irish gaelic is more important when someone reminded him Ireland, still an EU member country, speaks English.

Ménard posted in French: “The English language has no more legitimacy in Brussels #Brexit.”


Later he addressed criticism of his comments by posting: “Irish Gaelic , the first national language. English is a second language of the constitutional point of view.”

He has been backed by left-wing presidential candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon who said English can no longer be the “third working language of the European Parliament”.

France has astrained relationship with the English language.

A law in 1994 forced advertisers to only use French in campaigns as it looked to combat an influx of English words


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