Star of the week, not the month, not the year, goes to Manuel Tadros.
Actor and host, father of Xavier Dolan and father of the song It’s zero By Julie Mas He got lost in front of a business unable to serve him in French in the heart of downtown Montreal.
Codunk, how many stars will it take to sound the alarm for us to collectively wake up and shout together to the companies that mock us: “Not serving us in French is zero!” ?
Outline by Manuel Tadros
Here’s exactly what Manuel Tadros wrote on social media (including the coronation events).
“There’s a Tim Hortons at the corner of St. Urban and St. Catherine. Right in front of TNM and the PDA artists entrance. There are six employees working there during peak hours. No one speaks French alone. I order salt (I don’t understand) and milk (I don’t understand).”
“I know it’s hard to find employees and it’s easy to find them among immigrants. But, Callis, can you at least teach them the few words needed for coffee??? Salt, milk, coffee, $$ numbers. It’s frustrating. Really!! “It is a scandal.”
If this Tim Hortons speech makes you wince, that’s because in April 2022, that’s exactly where theater man Serge Denoncourt hit his stride!
On the program Good evening, “I went to the Tim Hortons in front of TNM, the largest French-speaking theater in America,” he said. “Hey, I want the number 1 with a Diet Coke.” “We don’t speak French “Well, is there anyone?” speak French?”“.”“No, we don’t have anyone who speaks French.”“.
It seems to me that if I were a company that was being scammed by a star on a popular show, I would make sure to remedy the situation.
However, since April 2022, nothing has changed at this donut and coffee vendor, located between the Théâtre du Monde and the Place des Arts, two highlights of French-speaking culture in a French-speaking French city. Speaking boycott!
Researcher Frédéric Lacroix recently lamented that the media reported so little about the OQLF numbers. In an interview Monday with QUB Radio, he told me, for example, that “only 16% of Quebecers who were educated in English at the post-secondary level prefer to use French in local business.”
And then they will tell us that there is no problem with how many Quebeckers go to CEGEP or university in English?
Rare in butter
Did you know that “nearly a third of the thousands of complaints received by the OQLF relate to a lack of French-language service in retail stores”?
So the office launched a very funny online campaign in October of this year.
On tune You will get wet everywhere By Oscar Thévault An iconic figure in Quebecois folklore, young comedian Danic Martineau sings: “We understand each other, we understand each other, we understand each other, and the ability to serve in French is finally becoming rare.”
We hope that it will be more successful than the peregrine falcon.
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