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Le Temps - Switzerland | 07/09/2006

The term 'colonisation' spurs discord in France.

The journalist Sylvie Tanette takes an interest in the controversy triggered off in France by the latest edition of 'Le Robert' [French dictionary], in which the word 'colonisation' is defined as 'the enhancing, the exploitation of countries become colonies'. The representative council of black associations (CRAN) has called for the withdrawal of this work from bookshops. "A group of citizens taking on a dictionary, now that must be a first in the history of French lexicology. What the CRAN is trying to do is to open the eyes of the French, shake the habits of a country that for a long time has not wanted to question its colonialism (...)."

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