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Promoting French in Europe: International Organization of La Francophonie signs an agreement with Moldavia

On October 13, 2008, the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) signed a memorandum with the Republic of Moldavia strengthening the ability of Moldavian diplomats and civil servants to work in French. According to the OIF, the organization is pursuing “its support for the teaching of French, the preservation of its status, and its use in international organizations.”

The OIF press release indicates that the memorandum—concluded in partnership with the French Community of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and France—covers a three-year period and includes the participation of 800 diplomats and civil servants in courses on French in administrative settings and international relations through the Alliance française in Chisinau.

According to the press release, during the 11th Summit of Heads of State and Governments of La Francophonie (Bucharest, 2006), “the OIF had obtained from its heads of state and governments a clear commitment to promoting the use of French in international and regional organizations.” The OIF stated that on that day, it had signed memorandums with 15 European states. Through the cooperation program it implemented, nearly 13,000 diplomats and civil servants are trained annually in some 25 capitals. The press release adds that framework agreements have been signed and partnerships established between the OIF and training organizations in European capitals. These organizations include French cultural alliances and institutes, national administration schools, diplomatic institutes at foreign affairs ministries, and civil service training institutions.

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