Lawmakers in France have revolted against a “non-binary pronoun” that was added to the French language in he latest edition of the Le Robert online dictionary.
Jean-Michel Blanquer, the Minister of Education, tweeted:
“Inclusive writing is not the future of the French language.”
“Hence, even though our students are consolidating their fundamental knowledge, they cannot have this as a reference.”
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The Le Robert dictionary added the “iel” which is a combination of the masculine “il” and the feminine “elle” in French.
According to the dictionary, it is a “personal subject pronoun of the third person singular and plural, used to refer to a person regardless of gender.”
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French politician Francois Jolivet blasted the pronouns in a letter to the French Academy.