France’s president wants the French language to be used at EU summits in 2019, after his country’s finance minister warned the move could damage relations between the two allies.
Jean-Claude Juncker has said the language is important to the French people and that it should be spoken at summits.
“We must communicate with our partners,” he said on Thursday in an interview with France Inter radio.
“The use of French at summines is a good thing, a good sign.”
But the French finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, said on Friday that it was “unacceptable” to impose a ban on French at the summit, adding that the issue should be decided at a summit.
“I have said it is unacceptable that French should be banned,” Le Maired said.
“The EU must be a place where French language is spoken freely and equally.”EU summit: What’s on the agenda?