French

The Conseil supérieur de la langue française (Superior Council of the French Language) is concerned about the regression of French as the sole working language (see http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/acces/suite.asp?lien=http://www.rad...). Équipe autonomiste is likewise concerned. Is it normal for a French-speaking Québécois, living in Quebec, to be compelled to speak a language other than French in any public space (i.e., a space accessible and open to everyone, as opposed to a private space reserved for specific people), unless a job requires it for contacts with people of other nations? After all, this person is living at home in a province whose official language is French. Knowing that at least 49% of all Québécois are deemed to be functionally illiterate and that 800,000 Québécois are said to be fully illiterate (see http://www.lautjournal.info/default.aspx?page=3&NewsId=1754), shouldn’t we be protecting and helping them?