WHAT IS FRANCOPHONIE?
Coined in 1880 by the geographer Onésime Reclus (1837-1916), the term Francophonie was initially used to describe « all people who are -or appear to be- destined to remain or become partakers of French langage » as he believed that people were connected by their language and culture, for instance, the continental French as well as French speakers in the Caribbean and Africa.
Nowadays the term Francophonie conveys two different meaning according to its spelling :
Onésime Reclus (1837-1916)
- la francophonie (with a lowercase "f" ) designates the 300 million French-speaking people.
- la Francophonie (with a uppercase "F") represents the institution founded in 1970 organising relations between French-speaking countries, aka Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). It currently involves 88 members .
WHERE CAN I PRACTICE MY FRENCH IN THE REGION ?
Planning your holiday in the region ? Here is a map of the different French speaking communities in Asia-Pacific : From Vanuatu to Vietnam, by way of Pondicherry (India), Seychelles and Polynesia.
Bon voyage !
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FRANCOPHONIE ?
Check out this link, or watch the video below.