International Francophonie Day 20th of March 2018
The Agency of Cultural and Technical Cooperation was estabished in Niamey, Niger in 1970. This agency became the contemporary International Organization of Francophonie (OIF).
The General Director of UNESCO best explained the honorary day “The French language crystallizes centuries of culture and history. … It is in French that Pascal, Voltaire or Rousseau led the fight for tolerance, democracy and human rights. It was in French that Assia Djebar defended the rights of women and that Césaire, Senghor and so many others laid the foundations of modern humanist consciousness. On all 5 continents, hundreds of millions of men and women express their hopes for a better life in French.”
Today 84 states and governments are members of the OIF. This year many country celebrate Francophonie day from South Africa across Thailand to Miami. In my country, which is Hungary, we have movie festival from French directors every year.
Written by: Ágnes Illés