Decades after other French-speaking countries adopted feminine names for professions, the official guardians of the language in France have also backed the change.
The Académie française, whose members are known as “immortals”, has said it has no obstacle in principle to such a “natural evolution” of French.
In its report it said “the academy considers that all developments aiming at recognising in language the place of women in today’s society can be foreseen, as long as they do not contravene the elementary and fundamental rules of language”…
(“Feminine job titles get go-ahead in France,” BBC.com, 3-1-19)
Examples — Masculine/Feminine:
le juge/la juge
le ministre/la ministre
le médecin/la médecin (doctor) [“médecine” would be confused with “medicine”]
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