France, you are rightly proud of your language, and you are right to protect it. But unfortunately in the startup sphere you have to do better; you have to understand that if you want the rocket to launch, you need to embrace English. This includes not only using English in your marketing and communications, but also seriously investing in English language classes for your employees.
My goodness, I hope someone at Quebec’s government reads this entire article and sees how destructive their “language police” is to our business world and, you know, how the rest of the world perceives us (well, Montreal police corps’ non-uniform already was a ridiculous blip on the tourism landscape). But probably not, as they possibly “voit pas plus loin que le bout du nez”. To them, English is a travesty. It makes us lose our identity.
To me, English is my/our window to the world. I taught English in South Korea, something that I wouldn’t have been able to do were I still at the elementary English level like the majority of the province. I traveled to Tokyo, to Hong Kong, to Phuket, to Cebu, to the DMZ, and before that all over Scotland and a few European cities. If I wasn’t fluent in English I wouldn’t have been able to communicate with any locals, most likely.
It bugs me that a lot of francophones deliberately shoot themselves in the foot in the name of LINGUISTIC PURITY, MERDE, and “we stand together against all those mean têtes carrées”, when they should be embracing the better power of open-mindedness.