French-language lobby group calls for boycott of retailers
A French nationalist lobby group is calling on people to boycott several big retailers that refuse to add a French description to their name.
Mario Beaulieu is president of the Société St-Jean Baptiste. He says he has difficulty understanding why a group of multi-national retailers would refuse to use a French generic in their name.
"It's not a huge demand," he says, "it is not like we are asking them to change their name completely to French."
Best Buy, Costco, the Gap, Old Navy, Guess and Walmart are going before a Quebec Superior Court judge next week to argue against repeated requests by the province's language authorities to use a French generic in their name.
Beaulieu says until they respect Bill 101 on signage, people should stop shopping at these stores.
"For us even if a small percentage of people boycott these retailers, it will have an impact."
Beaulieu adds it is a question of respect on the part of these retailers toward their Quebec customers.
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