Back in the Middle Ages, as well as speaking English and Latin, many people living in Britain also spoke French.
Attempts to change French grammar to make it more gender-blind have aroused the wrath of many conservatives.
Anglophones have long complained that their language and culture are marginalised. They say if this doesn't change, they must be granted independence.
French is no longer taught as a European language representative of "French" culture in South Africa. New modes of teaching, learning and research speak to an inclusive Africanist agenda.
As Canada's French language teachers flee the profession, online Professional Learning Communities promise to reverse this trend, stimulating creativity, camaraderie and leadership.
The EU may claim it is "united in diversity" but the reality is very different.
Talk of the demise of the French language is premature.
Will Hélène really learn English better if you call her Helen?
The removal of the 'hat' accent from some French letters has caused consternation – but will it really make a difference?