|French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has asked his government to stop using English words in their work.
The demand comes after Arnaud Montebourg, minister for industrial renewal, and Michele Delaunay, minister for the elderly, revealed that they were creating a new sector entitled the "Silver Economy".
In future, "all companies working with or for the elderly" will fall under this heading, they said.
The Silver Economy, a reference to greying hair, will focus on the needs of the elderly and the growth in jobs that come with this. "In 2035, a third of France will be over 60, more than 20m people," the ministers said.
However, the move has angered Mr Ayrault, who wrote a letter to members of the government stating that the French language was more than capable of accurately describing policies.
He wrote: "Since the Ordinance of Villers-Cotterets, which in 1539 made French the language of administration and justice, to the registration in 1992 in our Constitution the provision that "the language of the Republic is French", our country is built in close relation to the French language.