Villers-Cotterets edict
The Ordinance of Villers-Cotterêts (French: Ordonnance de Villers-Cotterêts) is an extensive piece of reform legislation signed into law by Francis Ist of France on August 10, 1539 in the city of Villers-Cotterêts.
Largely the work of Chancellor Guillaume Poyet, this legislative edict in 192 articles dealt with a number of government, judicial and ecclesiastical matters (ordonnance générale en matière de police et de justice).
Articles 110 and 111, the most famous, called for the use of French in all legal acts, notarized contracts and official legislation in order to avoid any linguistic confusion:
Nous voullons et ordonnons qu’ilz soient faictz et escrits si clerement qu’il n’y ait ne puisse avoir aucune ambiguïté ou incertitude, ni lieu à en demander interpretacion.
We wish and order that [judicial acts] be drawn up and written so clearly that there be neither ambiguity nor uncertainty nor the possibility of ambiguity or uncertainty, nor grounds for asking for interpretation thereof.
Et pour ce que telles choses sont souventesfoys advenues sur l'intelligence des motz latins contenuz esdictz arretz, Nous voulons que doresenavant tous arretz ensemble toutes autres procedeures, soyent de nous cours souveraines ou aultres subalternes et inferieures, soyent de registres, enquestes, contractz, commissions, sentences, testamens et aultres quelzconques actes et exploictz de justice ou qui en dependent, soient prononcez, enregistrez et delivrez aux parties en langage maternel francoys et non autrement.[translation needed here]
The major goal of these articles was to discontinue the use of Latin in official documents (although Latin continued to be used in church registers in some regions of France), but they also had an effect on the use of the other languages and dialects spoken in many regions of France (see Languages of France).
Other articles that baptisms (which was needed for determining the age of candidates for ecclesiastical office) and burials should be recorded by priests, and required that these acts be signed by notaries.
Another article prohibited guild and trade federations (toute confrérie de gens de métier et artisans) in an attempt to suppress workers' strikes (although mutual-aid groups were unaffected).
Many of these clauses marked a move towards an expanded, unified and centralized state and the clauses on the use of French marked a major step towards the linguistic and ideological unification of France at a time of growing national sentiment and identity.

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Language, Culture and Communication in Contemporary Europe
Charlotte Hoffman, 1996
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Issues in the French Speaking World
Michael B. Kline, Nancy C. Mellerski, 2004
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French: From Dialect to Standard
R. Anthony Lodge, 1993
Like the edicts of 1490, 1510 and 1535, Villers-Cotterêts was directed primarily against the use of Latin as the judicial/ administrative language. However, there has been much debate among historians about what language or languages are ...
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Sheila Perry, Marie Cross, 1997
Two of these will serve to illustrate the dual aspect of linguistic interventionism: the Villers-Cotterets Ordinances (a series of edicts) and the decree of 20 July 1794. The Villers-Cotterets Ordinances, promulgated in 1539 by Francois I, marked ...
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Aspects of Contemporary France
Sheila Perry, 2002
In order to achieve this, from the fifteenth century onwards, a series of royal edicts gradually eliminated Latin, but the first step towards the establishment of French as official language was taken by François I in the Villers-Cotterêts Ordinances ...
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