Date: Wed, 16 Mar 1994 11:09:00 EST From: "Mary.Ojibway" <20676MKB[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSU.BITNET> Subject: French linguistic legislation I hate to add fuel to the fire but my limited experience in France was negative as well. When I attempted to speak French, I was ridiculed. When I did not attempt to speak French, I was ridiculed for not giving it a try. When I broke down and attempted to ask directions in German (when neither French, English, nor Spanish was responded to) I was spat upon! I did, however, find the immigrant population of Africans and Turks to be quite sympathetic and helpful. Not to say that lots of French folks aren't wonderful. I simply had a bad experience in 1978 and have never been back. Kate Ojibway