... is 20 years since Mayor Biel and will remain so until the end of this year. It is also National Councillor. His resignation as mayor, announced recently, and the resignation of Federal Councillor Leuenberger, M. Stöckli make a person very active in the media - and in great demand in the city, as we have seen: Lukas and I the search had to go down the street from General Dufour, close to the restaurant where we had Haudenschild given appointment. The mayor gave a speech at the opening of the chess festival in Biel.
The fight was hard (not violent), but we managed to release Mr. Stöckli clutches of reporters huddled around the magistrate, and determined not to let go before the hearing to apply for the Federal Council . On the way to the restaurant, the mayor of Biel, accompanied by his escort, went first in the wrong restaurant, a restaurant where there was Parzival, another famous Bienne, trilingual German-French-Esperanto (at least).
On the way to the restaurant, the mayor of Biel, accompanied by his escort, went first in the wrong restaurant, a restaurant where there was Parzival, another famous Bienne, trilingual German-French-Esperanto (at least).
Mr. Stöckli has come we introduce bilingualism in "his" city. It should be noted right away that this is a bilingual French - Switzerland-German: the presentation was of constant back and forth between the two languages, but the mayor declined to talk about the 'ochdeutsch. Also point out - again - that Switzerland is a democratic country and therefore there is no "master of city [Bürgermeister], but only presidents city [Stadtpräsident] - also known as Mayor French.
The proportion of Francophones increased continuously in Bienne, now reaching 28% of the population and even 40% if one considers only the Germanophones and Francophones. About 15% of those whose first language is German are bilingual in French, one third are bilingual.
The watch industry is still very important to Biel. Unfortunately, the early twenty-first century, the Swatch Group has decided to abandon one of its working languages - French. Today, the only working language of the company is English.