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Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante apologizes for giving speech in English as city welcomed tech companies

Montreal’s mayor is apologizing for speaking almost entirely in
English as she delivered a speech highlighting international
foreign investment in Montreal.

Valerie Plante admits she made a mistake by not using more
French as she addressed the crowd at an artificial intelligence
gathering Tuesday.

She told a council meeting this morning that French is her
native language and she’s proud to promote it as mayor of North
America’s biggest francophone city.

Plante drew the ire of language critics for the speech, which
contained no French except for a brief opening greeting and a
thank you at the end.

Her remarks were designed to welcome the arrival of three
U.K.-based AI companies to Montreal.

Plante said on Twitter last night that she had departed from
her notes, and the speech should have been delivered mainly in
French.

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