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Quelle horreur! France’s Eurovision song has English lyrics

Language purists in France are fuming. The country’s entry in the Eurovision music contest has English lyrics! (OK, two lines are in French.) Of the 43 countries participating, more than half — 25 — submitted songs in English. It sounds like there’s a new linga franca. If you have three minutes of your life to ...

Language purists in France are fuming. The country’s entry in the Eurovision music contest has English lyrics! (OK, two lines are in French.) Of the 43 countries participating, more than half — 25 — submitted songs in English. It sounds like there’s a new linga franca.

If you have three minutes of your life to spare, check out France’s entry, "Divine," by Sébastien Tellier, here.

 

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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