Francophone week to start March 12
Tribune Report

The theme of the event for 2015 is 'le Francais, langue hospitaliere' which means 'French, a hospitable language'

A week long Francophone festival will begin on March 12 in multiple venues in Dhaka and Chittagong to celebrate French language and the International Organisation of La Francophonie.

The French ambassador to Bangladesh Aubert Sophie made the disclosure at a press conference in the capital's Alliance Francaise on Tuesday morning.

The theme of the event for 2015 is 'le Francais, langue hospitaliere' which means 'French, a hospitable language.'

She said: “This year Francophone week in Bangladesh aims at celebrating the culture diversity of the Francophone community worldwide while promoting the shared values of 'La Francophonie.'

“The seven Francophone diplomatic missions in Bangladesh along with Alliance Francaise are stepping up with several events throughout the week which include film screening, poetry, debates, magic performances, dance, gastronomy, French course etc,” she added.

She also said: “In Bangladesh, as for France, our goal is to give you the opportunity to know more about this special Commonwealth that all of its Francophone and Francophile members have built together throughout the years.”

The Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Benoit Pierre Laramee said: “This festival is a celebration of the rich cultures and of the common values of its member nations for peace, democracy, human rights, sustainable development and solidarity that unite the members of La Francophonie. It is celebrated well beyond the Francophone world, in over 100 countries.”

The ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Bangladesh Said Kasmi said: “Francophonie is not only a shared language but a vehicle for values of humanism, liberty, equality and fraternity. In this very special time, when the spread of terrorism and extremism is a threat for the entire world, we would like to highlight these values and our strong will and commitment to defend them.”

Sophie made the announcement of the program while the ambassador of Arab Republic of Egypt Mahmoud Ezzat, deputy head of mission of Switzerland embassy Caroline Trautweiler and ambassador of Socialist Repulic of Viet Nam embassy Nguyen Quang Thuc were also present and delivered their speech at the program.

Francophonie is an international organisation representing countries and regions where French is the first or customary language, where a significant proportion of the population are francophones, and where there is a notable affiliation with French culture.

The week long festival will be end on March 22.

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