Where The Language Wars Heat Up...And English Is Neutral Territory

It looks like a calm, prosperous suburb. BMWs and Volvos crowd the driveways. Manicured lawns sparkle. But Sint-Genesius-Rode--or Rhode-St.-Genese in French--has become a tinderbox in the latest episode of Belgium's simmering language wars. Flemish nationalists want to curtail the use of French in the leafy garden town of 18,000 just south of Brussels. "If we don't watch out, there'll be ethnic cleansing here," warns Myriam Delacroix, the town's French-speaking mayor.

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