MIL OSI Translation. Region: France and French Territories –
Source: Republic of France – Foreign Affairs in French
France congratulates the Secretary General of La Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo, who took office on Thursday, January 3, 2019. We are convinced that she will give a new impetus to the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), an important player in the dissemination of the French language and Francophone values in favor of peace, democracy, human rights and equality between women and men.
The OIF is at a turning point and France wishes to accompany it in its future transformations. These will be discussed at the next Tunis Summit in 2020, which will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the organization. While the number of Francophones will increase sharply in the coming years, the challenge for the OIF will be to strengthen the place of the French language as a major language of exchange and communication and to give it a new impetus as a business language. As the President of the Republic reminded us, French can be the language that creates the world of tomorrow and can embrace the richness and variety of the world without giving up the plurality of its roots. In this respect, the Francophonie must accede to all the languages that globalization weakens or isolates, and promote intercultural exchanges and multilingualism. As a transitional phase begins, France wishes to warmly thank the outgoing Secretary General, Michaëlle Jean, for the work accomplished during the four years of her mandate at the service of la Francophonie.Source: France Diplomatie
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