French language groups protest over Olympic bid slogan in English

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Groups defending the French language have lodged legal protests over the English-only slogan used for Paris’s 2024 Olympic bid.

Lawyer Emmanuel Ludot said he has submitted a request with the government’s rights defence authority to suspend use of the slogan “Made for Sharing”.

He also submitted a warning to the bid committee that the slogan could violate a law on protecting the French language.

Mr Ludot said the language groups want the slogan to be in both French and English, or in French only.

He added: “We want them to communicate in the language that is ours.”

The International Olympic Committee will choose in September whether to host the games in Paris, Budapest or Los Angeles.

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