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Latest Shot in the French Government’s War on the Celtic Tongue of Brittany

The French Government’s war on Breton, the Celtic Tongue of Brittany, has taken a bizarre turn in a jaw dropping example of the pettiness of the state bureaucracy in France.  A couple in Brittany wanted to call their newborn baby boy Fañch, a traditional name in Brittany.  However, the local registrar rejected this Celtic name and refused to record the birth unless the parents chose an “approved” French name. Fañch is a name borne notably by two Breton writers, Fañch Peru and Fañch Broudig, and is the Breton version of the name François.

Breton Medium Education Gains in Brittany

The following was published in September 2013 by the Multilingual Early Language Transmission (MELT) project, a partnership between four language communities: Breton in Brittany, the Frisian language in Friesland, the Swedish language community in Finland, and the Welsh language in Wales. The project was funded by the European Commission, and was running between November 2009 and October 2011. The report was published on the web site of the Network To Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD), a European wide organisation dedicated to the importance of linguistic diversity.

Imprisonment of two prominent Catalan independence leaders provokes outrage in Catalonia

Two prominent Catalan independence leaders, Jordi Sanchez of the Catalan National Assembly, and Jordi Cuixart of Omnium Cultural, were imprisoned on Monday night (16 October). They have been sent to prison by Spain's National Court while they are investigated for alleged crimes of sedition. Omnium immediately condemned the ruling as "intolerable in a democratic society". On Twitter they said: "The mobilisation continues, they won't be able to imprison an entire people!". The imprisonment of two of the best-known Catalan independence leaders has provoked outrage in Catalonia.

Windscale a dark anniversary

This item from Yn Commeeys Celtiagh - Celtic News Mannin draws attention to the recent anniversary of the Windscale Fire at the nuclear plant (now renamed Sellafield) on the English Cumbrian coast which borders the Irish Sea. The Windscale fire of 10 October 1957 was the worst nuclear accident in British history, ranked in severity at level 5 out of a possible 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale. At the time, the British government released only sketchy details of the accident and minimized its seriousness.

Time for the Scottish to reclaim their stolen lands and protect wildlife

There has has been much reported in recent months about community groups seeking to buy the lands in which they live and those trying to reclaim lands from which their ancestors were evicted during the notorious highland clearances.  Scotland has one of the highest concentrations of land ownership in Europe.

Royal National Mòd underway in Lochaber

The Royal National Mòd (Scottish Gaelic: Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail),  referred to as the Mòd, is underway in Lochaber in the west of the Scottish Highlands. The event takes place from 13th to 21st October and began with a torchlit procession through the streets of Fort William (Scottish Gaelic: An Gearasdan). The Royal National Mòd is the most important of a number of  Mòds that are held annually in Scotland and is a festival that celebrates Scottish Gaelic literature, song, arts and culture.

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Alliance of Scottish conservation groups line up to oppose environmentally damaging golf course proposal at Coul Links

The Scottish Wildlife Trust, RSPB Scotland, Buglife Scotland, Plantlife Scotland, Butterfly Conservation Scotland and the Marine Conservation Society have combined to urge the public to oppose a proposed gold course at Coul Links in Sutherland, Scotland. They point out that the 18-hole golf course would be on land they describe "an irreplaceable piece of Scotland's natural heritage" and  that the golf course would destroy one of Scotland's last remaining coastal dune systems.

Vulnerability of French nuclear power stations to attack exposed by Greenpeace

Activists linked to the environmental campaign group Greenpeace France today gained entry into the nuclear power plant in Cattenom, Moselle, Lorriaine in the northeast of France. As reported in the Breton website 7seizh, the protest was designed to expose the vulnerability of EDF operated power plants in France to acts of terrorism and the catastrophic results that would follow.

Scotland seeks to strengthen links with its northern neighbours as First Minister attends Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland

Nicola Sturgeon will take part in the Arctic Circle Assembly during a visit to the Icelandic capital Reykjavik. As well as meeting Iceland's president she will also talk with representatives of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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