In fact, #ReformeOrthographe (or “spelling reform”) was the top trending Twitter topic in France on Thursday as the French public and even politicians took to social media to protest against the changes.
— Pascal Sanchez ن (@Sanchez_Pascal) February 4, 2016
The user above stood resolute in support of the humble circumflex accent, and appeared to be pained by the idea of the French language being “dumbed down”.
“I am the circumflex”, he wrote, in an homage to the “Je Suis Charlie” slogan that swept the world after last January's terror attacks in Paris.
“We had to learn to write properly, they can too,” she writes.
Je commence la journée avec un peu de vomi dans la bouche. Paroxysme du nivellement par le bas. #RéformeOrthographe
— Guillaume C. (@JackChirac_) February 4, 2016
But despite the overwhelming unimpressed nature of France's tweeters, others suggested it was nothing more than a storm in a tea cup.
The user below shows “the world according to Twitter after the spelling reforms”.
— Star Man (@Drianis_A) February 3, 2016
While many might be outraged, learners of French may actually welcome the news, as accents and hyphens have long been a bane in their lives.
And perhaps the French language police shouldn't stop there. Below is a lit of ten ways the French could make their language a lot easier (for us).