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Retailers in Canada Sign Flap: Report

MONTREAL — Retailers including Costco, Wal-Mart and Best Buy are taking on the Quebec government over provincial language watchdog that would have them alter store signs to include a French name or description, the Canadian Press reported.

Attorneys for the retailers are expected to testify in Quebec Superior Court later this week against the Office Quebecois de la Langue Francaise, which assures that business comply with law designed to preserve and promote French in Quebec.

The retailers contend the language group has taken a more aggressive approach —including the threat of fines and revocation of business certificates — to insisting retailers adopt a French name without having changed underlying law, the report said.

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