Jean-Claude Juncker under attack for claiming French speakers not welcome on Belgian coast

Jean-Claude Juncker under attack for claiming French speakers not welcome on Belgian coast

“I think Juncker was drunk when he came here and ordered his steak, he was probably unintelligible to the shopkeeper,” mayor Jean-Marie Dedecker told a Flemish broadcaster VTM news. 
“I think that’s a big insult, he’ll apologise,” he added. 
The mayor of Ostend, Bart Tommelein, said Mr Juncker’s intervention was “strange”. 
“Everyone is welcome here, no matter what language they are trying to speak,” he tweeted.
Belgium is divided into three federal regions; Dutch-speaking Flanders, which includes the 40 mile coast, Francophone Wallonia and Brussels, which is dominated by French speakers but officially bilingual. 
Rich, more populous Flanders, which boasts economic powerhouses such as Antwerp, resents paying sums to rural, poor Wallonia and the Brussels-based federal government’s authority. 

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