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French dictionary accused of ‘wokeism’ over gender-inclusive pronoun

By Agence France-Presse in Paris

17 Nov 2021 · 1 min read

A French reference dictionary has defended its official recognition of a gender-inclusive pronoun, after traditionalists pounced on what they called the latest incursion of US-inspired “wokeism”.

While the everyday use of “iel” – a neologism combining the French words for he and she (“il” and “elle”) – remains largely anecdotal for now, critics deem it a linguistic affront that needs to be banned.

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