France 2017: French Secretary of State André Gallini doesn’t like English lyrics

FRANCE – The French Secretary of State André Vallini has expressed his dismay that the country’s 2017 Eurovision entry, “Requiem”, performed by Alma, will feature some English lyrics.

In a tweet, Mr Vallini said the world is faced with a globalisation of English. He noted that defending the French language means defending France but also cultural diversity.

The Head of the French delegation, Edoardo Grassi, retorted with “Whether we like it or not, we have emerged from the hegemony of France on the Eurovision stage, a pity that some have difficulty to recover”.

The Secretary of State has often advocated for the use of the French language and fought against anglicization. He also took up issue with France’s 2016 Eurovision entry.