“International Day of La Francophonie, which is celebrated on March 20 each year, is devoted to the French language, which brings together 200 million speakers around the world and some 803 million people belonging to the 68 states and governments of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF).”
With La Francophonie secretary general Abdou Diouf and Jean-Marie Bockel, Secretary of State for Cooperation and La Francophonie, in attendance, OIF announced that official celebrations will be held at Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, “a place of cultural diversity, exchange, and dialog which is home to close to 5,500 students of 140 different nationalities.”
For the occasion, a debate will be held on the theme of “Why did I choose to study in French? Why and for whom I write in French.” The debate will be used to gather first-hand testimonials from Cité residents, as well as French-speaking writers and university students. The results of the “Dix Mots” Contest launched in the Cité student residences will be unveiled, and the first five prize winners will receive their awards from Abdou Diouf.
From March 17 to 22, concerts, exhibitions, films, literature, and French language debates will also be open to the public.
Visit the International Day of La Francophonie website to learn more about the activities planned around the world.