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03-20-2006, 10:24 PM
<DIV> <P align=center>Celebrate the International Day of Francophonie on March 20!</P> <P align=center></P> <P align=center> </P> <P>What is Francophonie? The term was coined by French essayist Onésime Reclus in about 1880 to describe the geographic areas in which French was spoken. A lot has happened since then, and today francophonie refers to the ensemble of people around the world who speak French. A Francophone is a person who speaks French </P> <P>Is French important? Yes! French is an official language in 33 countries on 5 continents. French is one of the official languages of a dozen international organizations and is the second most commonly studied foreign language in the world. French and English are the only languages spoken as a native language on 5 continents</P> <DIR> <DIR> <P>The International Day of Francophonie is celebrated on five continents on March 20 each year. This day is dedicated to the celebration of the French language which unites 170 million speakers in the 55 states and governments of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). The event began in 1998 as a way for the 49 members of La Francophonie to celebrate their common bond, the French language, as well as their diversity. We are offering you this occasion to celebrate with us that day in all four corners of the earth.</P> <P>The International Organization of French Speakers (OIF) is a unique organization for all French speakers. It leads a political action in favor of peace, democracy, and human rights One of its main goals is to promote and protect cultural diversity, and was recently adopted by UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization)</P> <P>This dedication to the cultural diversity is the result of a long struggle by Leopold Sedar Senghor. The 20th of March is his birthday where he would have turned 100 years old. All his life he spread the belief that "Culture is the beginning and the end of a human being’ development". On this day hundreds of events will be celebrated around the world in his honor.</P> <P>On the 16th of March 2006, a celebration will be held in Paris with the French President Jacques Chirac at the Salon du Livre. </P> <P>In New York they are celebrating a whole week of French speaking: Among the discussed topics are: the origins of French in the English language and when America speaks French <A href="http://eqiiforums.station.sony.com/eq2/board/www.francophonieny.org" target=_blank>www.francophonieny.org</A> </P> <P> </P></DIR></DIR> <P>Whatever you do today, be sure to enjoy the beautiful French language </P></DIV><p>Message Edited by Raijinn Thunderguard on <span class=date_text>03-20-2006</span> <span class=time_text>12:09 PM</span>