mercredi 14 décembre 2011

Belgium: Grimbergen, fortified border of Francophobia.

Grimbergen, a nearby Flemish municipality of Brussels, in the province of Flemish Brabant encourages its citizens to "denounce" the merchants who use French in their relations with their relationships with their customers.
         The municipality of Grimbergen is headed since April 8, 2008, by mayor George Eddy François Willems (born 1950).
         In the latest edition of City Journal, the Christian Democrat elected Marleen Mertens, recalled the existence of a "point of reporting applies to plain language"
to "safeguard the Flemish community"
The elected Dutch invite the people "who have seen an inscription in French or another language heard" that the Dutch, to report it to the point of contact.
         When a case is reported, "we write the merchant to remind him that Grimbergen is located in the territory of the Dutch language. It is formally asked to refrain from advertising multilingual,"
said Ms. Mertens in the press, highlighting for example that "in a restaurant, the menu can not be bilingual" and that "if it is, you can terminate it."
         An association of merchants, the "Union for Independent Neutral",
denounced a process "scandalous."
         "We can still not put a spoke in the wheels of the traders who want to serve both their clients as possible,"
say its leaders.
         "That such reporting practices are still possible in 2011 is very worrying,"
they add.
         On December 9, 2011, exasperated by this measure, a French liberal  MEP to seize the European Commission
         The French Liberal MEP Frédérique Ries denounced in a letter to José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, a "breach of fundamental freedoms and human dignity."
         According to Frédérique Ries, the approach of the authorities of Grimbergen "violates the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union" and the Belgian Constitution, which states that the use of languages ​​is free  Not in priority"can be set as by law and only for acts of public authority and judicial affairs."
         "I ask you, as guardian of the Treaty, to analyze the local politics unacceptable," wrote the MEP, believing that a lack of response by the EU executive would be a "bad precedent".
The mayor of Grimbergen was already reported in imposing a fine of 50 to 250 Euros for firms using bilingual signs.
         On behalf of their "Flemish character,"
many municipalities near Brussels have been trying for years to limit the use of French by forcing language tests for the allocation of social housing.
         The town of Grimbergen covers 39 km ² and 34,320 inhabitants since the last census. The population density is 880 inhabitants per square kilometer of the city.
         It is surrounded by Vilvolde, Kapelle-op-den-Bos, and Meise.
Grimbergen is famous for its abbey built in 1128 by Saint Norbert of Xanten, which the monks brewed a beer with high fermentation.
         The Mayor Eddy Willems was made Knight of the Order of the Crown July 14, 2009.

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