The French Cultural Ministry has banned the use of the word "email" and is taking up "courriel" instead. The French want to stop the influx of American terms into their language, and email will be verboten in "government ministries, documents, publications or Web sites."

The AP asked the president of an French ISP, Club Internet, what she thought: The word 'courriel' is not at all actively used. E-mail has sunk in to our values. Protecting the language is normal, but e-mail's so assimilated now that no one thinks of it as American. Courriel would just be a new word to launch.

Ha - "sunk in to our values." What's the French word for blog, by the way? [Via Glenn - merci, dude, merci]