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March is International Francophonie Month

05 Mar

Month of the Francophonie, FrenchSpeaking Populations, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

Bonjour! While I do not speak French, I find it extremely fascinating that March is International Francophonie Month. The expression francophonie refers to the global community of French-speaking people who promote special ties among all of France’s colonial ambitions with other nations in its history. The International Day of Francophonie is celebrated on March 20.

The Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (or International Organisation of La Francophonie ) was created in 1970. It unites eighty countries (57 members and 23 observers), which together represent over one-third of the United Nations’ member states, which share a common language and humanist values promoted by the French language. The organization represents countries and regions where French is the mother tongue or where a substantial proportion of the population are francophones (people speaking French). There is also a notable affiliation with French culture. Did you know that the majority of the world’s French-speaking population resides in Africa? The Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie estimated that 115 million Africans spread across thirty-one Francophone countries, speak French, according to a 2007 report.

The Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (or International Organisation of La Francophonie ) was created in 1970. It unites eighty countries (57 members and 23 observers), which together represent over one-third of the United Nations’ member states, which share a common language and humanist values promoted by the French language. The organization represents countries and regions where French is the mother tongue or where a substantial proportion of the population are francophones (people speaking French). There is also a notable affiliation with French culture. Did you know that the majority of the world’s French-speaking population resides in Africa? The Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie estimated that 115 million Africans spread across thirty-one Francophone countries, speak French, according to a 2007 report.

How are you celebrating International Francophonie Month? Are you visiting one of the countries represented in the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie? Are you indulging in French cuisine? Are you celebrating famous French people like Louis Pasteur, Louis XIII, Claude Monet, Coco Chanel, Marie Antoinette, Joan of Arc, Thierry Henry, Dora Maar, Christian Louboutin, Hervé Villechaize, Emma Watson, Louis Vuitton, Paloma Picasso, Thomas Merton, Voltaire, Yves Saint Laurent or Nostradamus? Or are you getting your poetry mood on, with noteworthy poets like Jean de La Fontaine, Victor Hugo, Anaïs Nin, Arthur Rimbaud, Louise Labe or Francois Villon?

If you live in a country like the United States or South America and you speak French, have a French derivation or you are a French enthusiast, and not included in the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, how will you be celebrating International Francophonie Month? Au revoir!

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