Playing down the prospect of Walloon
resistance, he said: "We buy a whole load of produce from Walloon
farmers, so therefore it is not going to be in their interests to see tariffs imposed.
In terms of multilingualism there are more Flemish who have learnt French, although the Walloons have also started learning Dutch, but only recently.
In Belgium, the friction between the two main linguistic groups, the Flemish and the Walloons does not have parallels elsewhere in Europe.
The name of the French-speaking Walen or Walloons is etymologically linked to a Celtic tribe named Volcae which inhabited different parts of Europe at the beginning of the Christian era.
The Walloons considered themselves to be the Belgian elite and the Flemish were looked down upon.
And, blessed be the Belgians, the Walloons consider themselves superior
Only 14 percent support of Walloons
support a union with France and only 9
Belgium, after all, became an independent state in 1830, precisely in order to liberate the Catholic Flemish, as well as the Walloons, from being second-class subjects in a Protestant Dutch monarchy.
One reason why Flemish Belgians resent having to prop up the Walloons with their tax money is that they regard them almost as foreigners.
If Flemish citizens don't want their taxes to go to the Walloons, what about helping out unemployed immigrants from Africa, a large chunk of which the Belgians once owned and exploited as a major source of their prosperity?
It is sufficient that it is liable to have such an effect," explains the advocate-general, who demonstrates that the measure is unfair since it in practice affects only the inhabitants of the Walloon
Indeed, the Walloons were always quick to point out that the first Dutch Reformed confession of faith--the Confessio Belgica--was initially written in French and only later translated into Dutch.
The Reformed Walloons had taken an active part in the events of the "Wonderyear" (1566), which after a brief ascendancy of the Calvinists ended in the repression of the duke of Alva and the "Council of Troubles.
Though not all of the immigrants were French speaking, the Walloons formed a considerable percentage.
Besides, my wife's grandfather was a Walloon
and there's not many can say that.