full version here- of 2010 for the Celtic nations. The section relevant to Brittany is reproduced here.
Linguistically 2010 was an exciting time for the Celtic nations, especially during the second half of the year. In December 2010 alone, the Cornish and Manx languages were reclassified by UNESCO, the Welsh Assembly voted unanimously in favour of a new Welsh Language law creating a new system of placing duties on bodies to provide services in Welsh, the Irish government launched their ambitious 20 year strategy for the Irish language and the introduction of the `Regional' Language Bill (développement des langues et cultures régionales) in France, which will bring the French state in line with European legal norms, potentially having a huge impact on the revival of the Breton language.
Linked to the revival of Breton, protesters demanded that post offices in Brittany use the language in their working practice, with a much publicised sit-in at Landerne/Landerneau Post Office - a town that has been traditionally applauded for its use of the language in the public sphere. Police were brought in to break the peaceful protest up, but the message is clear – the Breton language needs much more support if it is to survive into the future. With estimates in 2010 showing that approximately 10 000 speakers are lost on an annual basis, something desperately need to be done.
Creating a political alliance with the Greens (Europe Ecologie Bretagne) in the French regional elections in March 2010 - which decided who was to be the Regional President for the Breton Regional Council - provided the Union Démocratique Bretonne (UDB) with one more regional councilor taking their number up to 4 representatives (the same as MK in Cornwall). Parti Breton also stood in the regional elections in their own right, but didn't win a regional council seat. Another nationalist Breton political party, Mouvement Bretagne Progres, was formed in December 2010 by Christian Troadec, who was once closely allied with the UDB.
Before the March 2010 elections, people travelled from all over Breizh/Brittany to take part in a `Freque Humaine' to show Breton politicians that the issue of Breton reunification should be firmly on the political agenda. The organisations responsible for the organisation of the peaceful event were Bretagne Réunie and 44=BZH, but reunification hasn't featured much on the political scene in Brittany over the last 12 months with the exception of the arrest, verbal assault and prolonged detention of a Breton youth for spraying pro reunification graffiti in the town of Le Mans in Loire-Atlantique. There are no major elections or political developments planned in Brittany in 2011.
- ► 2016 (15)
- ► 2015 (11)
- ► 2014 (21)
- ► 2013 (14)
- ► 2012 (24)
- ▼ 2011 (29)
- ► 2010 (24)
- ► 2009 (12)
They certainly seem to have a talent for it. This particular piece of art states - Breton for ever! French never! A risky venture no dou...
Independence Cymru: The Case for Brittany : Independence and national identity are emotive issues, but the arguments in favour of a greater...
Action GIR 44=BZH - 29/01/2010 envoyé par GIR-breizhunvan . - L'info internationale vidéo.
This is a great acquisition being as it is a book full of Celtic mythological beings and the first in a tri-lingual format - Welsh, Bret...
A proposed weekly ferry route between Brittany and Cornwall is currently being discussed and a feasibility study into the venture is being c...
From 24th to 31th May, from Morlaix to Glomel, 1500 km in Brittany ! The Redadeg, launched in 2008, is a relay race which takes place ...
It seems the control freaks responsible for security at the Games have decided to ban the national flag of Brittany . If you are goin...
Some inspirational images from a recent match between Stade Rennais and Celtic in one of the two Breton capitals Rennes (the other b...
Tenniñ a ray ma fennad d’ar gouelioù etrekeltiek, en Oriant, an taol-mañ. N’eo ket ne vehe netra da lâret a-ziàr ar peurrest. Ret e vo din ...