Category: International Francophonie

Defending the French Language by Raising our Shield

More than one thousand Francophones gathered in Quebec City for the very first Forum mondial de la langue française, held last Monday to Friday. Together the participants, from different countries put together a list of 15 key priorities for preserving and developing the French language. Organised by the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and

French Films and the Red Carpet

The film industry wants to roll out the red carpet for the Francophone world by organizing the equivalent of the Oscars for French films. What a great idea! The project is already headed towards its goal with the organization of the first ceremony to be held in July 2013 in one of the 60 countries

Francophone Youth Conquer the World!

Want to explore the world and participate in the development of Francophone countries in need? Are you a young French adult under the age of 34 ready to live an enriching human experience while doing your part to build a better world? Well, the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) offers you the chance to

Having Coffee with our Southern Neighbors

The other morning, while sipping my coffee and surfing the net, I came across a fascinating web magazine called French Morning. The site features Francophone world news and provides great coverage of the French presidential campaign. I did a quick search to find out who the creators of the site are and was soon surprised

French: Olympic Language

With only a few months left to the Olympics kick off on July 27th in London, now seems like the right moment, to reminisce on the role of the French language in the deployment of the greatest sporting event on the planet. The Canadian Francophonie can help promote the influence of the French language by

The French language can Also be Nutritious!

On this Journée internationale de la Francophonie, why not help humanity and have fun in the processes. This March 20th, the FreeRice program’s website challenges us to use our knowledge of the French language to fight against world hunger. Come on, let’s play! This virtual game, proposed by the United Nations’ World Food Programme, provides

Why Learn French?

Those, like me, whose first language is French, know that it’s not the easiest language to master. French is a complex language, and the effort needed to speak and write it correctly is considerable. So what motivates allophones to choose French as a second language? Are they all masochists?! While surfing the Web, I came

Francophonie: in Books or on Screen?

Francophone authors from here and elsewhere play an important role in the development of the French language. Whether you are an avid reader or just curious, books open doors to an inner world all our own. For example, the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) believes that reading is an effective way to promote the

Travel Truly Does Broaden the Mind!

It’s in a spirit of unity that French representatives from six different Canadian communities returned from a trip to France, on February 2nd, as part of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s (RVF) “Pairing Francophone Communities” mission. In addition to returning home with ideas for collaborative projects related to youth, members of the Canadian delegation were

What’s the Best French Accent?

French is spoken in many ways across the country. It brings with it the sounds of different accents which add to the richness of the language and the Francophone culture in Canada. What do you think is the most beautiful French accent? When we listen to the news, whether on the radio or television, we