Photos in French please

Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 5:20 | Posted in Canada, internet, languages | Leave a comment

The Canadian  Department of National Defence has temporarily closed their photography web site featuring Canadian soldiers, sailors and air force personnel. The downloadable pictures have been taken by military photographers. The site was closed because it was “not fully bilingual”.

New Democratic Party MP Yvon Godin, the party’s critic for official languages, complained the commands for downloading photos from the page were available only in English and the accompanying French-language captions were poorly translated.

“I didn’t ask them to close the website. I asked them to repair it,” Godin, who represents the New Brunswick riding of Acadie-Bathurst, told CBCNews.ca. “I just wanted it fixed.”

It has been said that one picture tells more than thousand words but you apparently need more French words to match a picture.

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