Non-binary? Woke? French leaders won’t have you writing off their values

The inclusion of the ‘iel’ pronoun in a respected French dictionary has raised the ire of the country’s government

18 November 2021 - 21:00 By Geert De Clercq

French dictionary Le Robert has added the “iel” pronoun for non-binary people to its online edition, sparking heated debate in a country where grammar is sacrosanct.

Le Robert, one of France’s leading dictionaries, said on Wednesday that a few weeks ago it added the “iel” pronoun to its list of words after its researchers noticed growing usage of it in recent months...

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