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20 March 2013 - International Francophonie Day

Statement by the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The International Francophonie Day is being celebrated today as it is every year throughout the world and especially in the 77 member countries of the International Organization of La Francophonie. This date commemorates the signing on March 20, 1970, of the Niamey Convention which resulted in the grouping together of French-speaking states.

The French language – the language of education and communication but also of development and trade of more than 220 million speakers around the world – is at the heart of these celebrations.

International Day of La Francophonie 2013 will honor French-speaking women at France’s initiative with the support of the International Organization of La Francophonie and in partnership with UNESCO and UN Women. The first World Francophone Women’s Forum in Paris today will bring together 400 participants from the civil societies of member states of La Francophonie.

Our diplomatic, cultural and educational network abroad has also mobilized its efforts to demonstrate the diversity of the French-speaking community, the vibrancy of its cultural creativity and to promote the values of La Francophonie: respect for the rule of law and human rights, gender equality, solidarity and cultural diversity.

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