“No Occitania without Occitan”
Under the slogan “No Occitania without Occitan,” the demonstration received the support of MEP José Bové and regional councilors Gérard Onesta, M. Aude Lumeau Perceptis and Patric Roux. On behalf of the mayor of Toulouse, Jean-Luc Moudenc, his deputy Jean-Michel Lattes attended the march. Representatives from Catalonia’s General Council of Aran also attended.
Protesters fear some 15,000 students will be left without the opportunity to learn Occitan in the academic region of Toulouse in secondary education after French authorities have announced an end to the specific funding of such classes. 50 teachers of Occitan are also hit by the cut.
Occitania regional president Carole Delga has asked the French government to reconsider the decision and to continue to provide funding for the teaching of Occitan and other minoritised languages.
(This news is adapted from Occitan news site Jornalet.)