Pierre Berge has adopted another cause -- the English language. In Berge's latest column in Globe, the French-language alternative weekly he partly owns, he heaps scorn on French culture minister Jacques Toubon's plan to ban the use of English in France, a threat that includes fines for deejays who play too much Anglo-Saxon music.
The Yves Saint Laurent president lambastes Toubon for being "naive and misguided...ridiculous, even ludicrous."
"Could Mr. Toubon explain to us how he would say the following...in French? After a little 'jogging,' let's meet up in the 'bar' and drink a 'cocktail' before going to eat a 'hamburger,"' Berge writes in English.
In fact, the only word of French Berge uses in the article is in the headline, "Mr. Toubon you've made a connerie," slang for, "You've made an ass of yourself."