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 and francophone is an adjective (e.g., francophone country).
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 - learn more.
What can I do?
- Learn French
- Have a party
- See what the Alliance française has planned in your area
- Consult the world-wide program for la Semaine de la langue française et de la Francophonie
- Join us in the forum
- Start a French club
- Do your daily French practice
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