The French deputies pass the 'Molac Law' for the protection and promotion of minority languages
The French deputies [members of the French National Assembly] have adopted a law for the protection and promotion of so called regional languages.
The law will permit teaching in a linguistic immersion environment, and protect bilingual signage. It will also allow the use of characters used in those languages in names, such as accents in Catalan and some characters unique to Breton.
The law, which was backed by the Breton senator Paul Molac, has been passed with a large majority of 247 votes in favour to 76 against.
As a bit of background, France has been quite unaccepting of languages other than French since the French revolution. Its policies have included punishing and shaming children for speaking their native languages in schools (a policy called Vergonha [Occitan for shame]) which has in part led to the almost complete destruction of languages such as Breton, Occitan and Catalan in France.
See also VilaWeb's article for more detail on the law