In French universities, gender-neutral pronoun "iel" gets more common

21-02-2022

Western Europe

CNE.news

Students attend a meeting at the University of the northwestern French city of Caen. Photo AFP, Charly Triballeau

In French universities, the gender-neutral pronoun 'iel' –a contraction of the 'il' (he) and elle (she)– is becoming more widespread. Some professors already use these pronouns in their email signatures.