Wow. I really applaud the French government for this! Let’s hope that it spreads elsewhere too.
I thought it was very interesting how the word changed meaning from North America to Europe. If the adults had realized that the word was meant in a way that was not vulgar, would that have had an effect? They could have even explained how the word is different- It’s nothing to get mad about, once it’s explained that in France the word has a different meaning than in Canada, and so, the word can still be used in the context of the book. Skipping over the word because it isn’t an acceptable word denies it the status that it has in another culture.