According to the Norman president, in order to “build the Norman identity”, the regional administration wants to tell the public that “each person [should] take back this language.” Morin has suggested that speakers share the language in ad-hoc conversation exchanges. Another measure proposed by Morin will be to install signboards in Normandy at the entrance and exit of villages and towns.
Socialists in opposition have blamed Morin for using public money for such measures “while some Normans are sleeping in the street.”
Norman is a variety of the Langue d’Oïl, which includes Standard French and its related linguistic varieties in northern France and Wallonia. Normand enjoys official recognition in the islands of Jersey and Guernsey, in the Channel. English contains quite a few words of Norman origin that were incorporated after the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Emigration explains why Norman has strongly influenced Quebec French.
(This news is adapted from Occitan news site Jornalet, with which National has a cooperation agreement.)