Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

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Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
(La Francophonie)
Flag of La Francophonie
Flag
Anthem: Ode to Joy
Motto
"Égalité, complémentarité, solidarité"[1]
"Equality, complementarity, solidarity" a
Members of and participants in La Francophonie. In addition to countries, Belgian and Canadian subdivisional memberships are also represented.
Members of and participants in La Francophonie. In addition to countries, Belgian and Canadian subdivisional memberships are also represented.
Headquarters France Paris, France
Official languages French
Membership 56 member states
3 associate members
20 observers
Leaders
• Executive Secretary
Abdou Diouf
(since 2003)
Jacques Legendre
Establishment
• Conference of Niamey
20 March 1970
Area
• Total
28,223,184 km2 (10,897,032 sq mi)
Population
• 2013 estimate
~ 1 billion
• Density
34.36/km2 (89.0/sq mi)
  1. Deliberately alluding to France's motto.

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.[2] 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 Michaëlle Jean since 2015

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.

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