Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
|Anthem: Ode to Joy|
"Égalité, complémentarité, solidarité"
"Equality, complementarity, solidarity" a
|Membership||56 member states|
3 associate members
• Executive Secretary
| Louise Mushikiwabo|
• Conference of Niamey
|20 March 1970|
|28,223,184 km2 (10,897,032 sq mi)|
• 2013 estimate
|~ 1 billion|
|34.36/km2 (89.0/sq mi)|
Francophonie is an international organization of politics and governments with French as the main language. The countries have a large number of people who are francophones (French speakers), or where there is a notable affiliation with the French language or culture.
It used to be called the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF) or the International Organization of the Francophonie. There are 56 member states and governments, 3 associate members, and 19 observers. The modern organization was created in 1970. Its motto is "equality, complementarity, and solidarity". Its present Secretary General is Louise Mushikiwabo since 2019
French geographer Onésime Reclus made the word Francophonie in 1880. It is used to refer to the community of people and countries using the French language.
References[change | change source]
- Brochure: L’Institut de l’énergie et de l’environnement de la Francophonie (IEPF). Accessed 22 January 2009.
- "Atlas of Canada: The Francophonie". Archived from the original on 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2012-11-08.