For­eign hard­hats made to ‘par­lez fran­cais’

New Straits Times - - World -

PARIS: A new right wing talk­ing point has en­tered the po­lit­i­cal de­bate ahead of the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions: should for­eign work­ers be re­quired to speak French on build­ing sites? Six of France’s 13 re­gions have man­dated French for labour­ers on state-funded build­ing projects. Al­though sup­port­ers have jus­ti­fied it as a se­cu­rity is­sue — work­ers might not be able to com­mu­ni­cate un­less they share a com­mon lan­guage — oth­ers ad­mit its aim is to pre­vent eastern Euro­pean labour­ers from un­der­cut­ting lo­cals.

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