Sunday, March 05, 2006

Under the Veneer of Culture…

Uncultured Americans will be happy to learn that the fight to preserve French culture includes instrumentalizing the cultural agency in charge of la francophonie for other goals, notably political considerations and statist objectives.

In other news, the AFP reports that

The US Library of Congress and the French National Library have joined forces to launch a bilingual website exploring the history of the French presence in North America from the 16th to early 19th centuries.
If you go to their Chronologie et bibliographie page and click on 1763-1804, you will see that under the 1770s entries, American rebels are referred to as the "insurgents" (with the Iraqi term in quotation marks to make sure it stands out).

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