— Published 2 November 2022

A working group on the French language

With less than two years to go before the Paris 2024 Games, the French political authorities are looking into the issue of the French language, mainly in the new sports on the programme (surfing, breaking, skateboarding, etc.), where most of the terms do not have a French translation. At the initiative of the Ministries of Culture and Sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, an interministerial working group was set up. It is due to be officially set up in mid-November. Headed by Daniel Zielenski, Inspector General of Education, Sport and Research, it will be devoted to “the French language, the language of sport and Olympism in France and throughout the world”. Around the table will be some of the major players in the French sports movement, including the Paris 2024 OCOG, the National Olympic (CNOSF) and Paralympic (CPSF) Committees, the Interministerial Delegation for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (DIJOP), and the Ministry of Sport. The CNOSF will be represented by Jean-Pierre Siutat, the Vice-President in charge of international relations. Another member of the working group is Sylvie Le Maux, the Director General of the French Fencing Federation (FFE), who is also President of the Alliance Francophone d’Escrime (AFE).