The Mother Tongue Debate: Two Lashings

I've been really shocked with some of the statements in your Commentary by Stewart Toy, "France: Big Brother and the Mother Tongue" (International Business, May 23). True, his article certainly contains many appropriate comments, especially when related to business. But here is an example of what shocked me: "Paris's linguistic puritanism reveals cultural decadence." This is very close to being just ridiculous. It's very unfortunate that most (certainly not all) of the culture that the U.S. is exporting is indeed quite decadent. What's the benefit, to any culture, of being bombarded with Dallas or Santa Barbara, or with extremely violent films?

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