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Media: English still encroaching on French jobs

Submitter: Brent Woo

Submitter Email: bwoo@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Media Body: Surveys and studies are showing that English is of rising importance in French
employment. This is hardly a new situation, but it's a significant source of stress
and conflict for French job-seekers.

Read more: http://www.worldcrunch.com/oh-mon-dieu-english-invades-french-
workplace/5075
Issue Number: 23.1932
Date Posted: April 16, 2012

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