The 2008 edition of French Language Week will be held from March 14 to 24. French culture and communications minister Christine Albanel announced in a press release that she would launch the event with a press conference at 11:30 a.m. on March 10. The press conference will be held at the French culture and communications ministry and attended by public figures who have thrown their support behind the event. Ms. Albanel will also use the occasion to launch the www.franceterme.culture.fr website.
“Encounters” is the theme for this edition. “By giving the public the opportunity to encounter words, the event invites our fellow citizens to celebrate the strongest of the ties that bind them to their community: their common language.” “It will give francophones everywhere an opportunity to bring this common denominator, the French language, to life,” continued the release.
Ten words have been chosen to illustrate this edition’s theme. Each word will be sponsored by a public figure “according to the feelings it inspires in relation to their creative process, craft, and imagination.” These testimonials will be broadcast on public and private television channels in France and abroad during French Language Week.
The press release also notes that French Language Week, which encompasses International Day of La Francophonie on March 20, will be marked by a number of events in France and elsewhere in the world. A traveling exhibit will present the ten words in several French cities, educational activities will be organized in schools, museums, and other public venues, and numerous local initiatives will celebrate in their own manner this encounter with words.
“This awareness campaign is not only an invitation to celebrate the vitality of the French language, but also an opportunity to show how French, in its multiple expressions, creates common ground for all French-speakers.”
“That’s why the ten words will be common to France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Québec, which in 2008 is celebrating the 400th anniversary of the foundation of Québec City by Samuel de Champlain,” the press release continued.
To learn more about the event, its organizers, the ten words chosen, and the public figures associated with each of them, consult the February 18, 2008 press release issued by France’s culture and communications ministry.