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English only? Try au revoir, French ambassador tells Council (Politico)

Last Updated: 27 Apr 2018

Outraged by English-only proposal, French envoy walks out of meeting on EU budget.

By Maïa de La Baume and David M. Herszenhorn

4/26/18, 6:16 AM CET

Updated 4/26/18, 9:03 PM CET Philippe Léglise-Costa in a file photo from January 11, 2013 | Bertrand Langlois/AFP via Getty Images

Quel scandale!

France’s EU ambassador on Wednesday walked out of a diplomatic meeting after the Council decided to use only English-language translation in a new working group on the EU’s long-term budget.

Philippe Léglise-Costa, the French EU ambassador, stormed out of the Coreper meeting on the Multiannual Financial Framework after refusing to sign off on a Council Secretariat decision that asked representatives of other EU countries to agree on using English for the group’s meetings, according to several participants.

The Council, one EU diplomat said, “maneuvered the procedure to make the decision pass quickly and efficiently.” The Council generally provides translation in several official languages for such high-level meetings.