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Old 13th November 2019, 18:09
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Re: Belgian Place Names - Lille or Rijsel?

Originally Posted by rof120 View Post
Car drivers beware if you're travelling on Belgian motorways (highways). In French-speaking areas the big French city of Lille is Lille. In the flemish areas it's Rijsel! (Nobody knows this name except Flemish people). No turist from abroad including Japan, the USA, China, Spain, Italy, the UK etc. has a chance to understand. Suddenly Lille disappears from the road signs, later i'ts back, disappears again etc. I wonder how many car crashes and fatalities this stupidity has caused and is still causing. This is a good example of fanatism by morons and the consequences.
And what does this have to do with the correct spelling of place names in Belgian that ends with "gem as asked by Andy in post #1?????
Besides not only Flemish people do this. The French for instance call Aachen Aix-la-Chapelle.

Last edited by RudiS; 13th November 2019 at 18:57.