Talking forward of the 18th summit of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), the organisation’s chief has denounced what she says is a decline in the usage of the French language in worldwide our bodies.
OIF Secretary Normal, Louise Mushikiwabo, says that whereas the variety of French audio system worldwide has elevated by seven per cent since 2018, that is primarily as a result of a inhabitants enhance in Africa.
La Francophonie, established in 1970, is a global organisation which regroups 88 states and member governments and observers on 5 continents that share French as a standard language.
‘We’re not language jihadists’
‘We’re right here to make sure that the French language is taught, spoken, and used. There are 32 African international locations which might be members of the organisation, and 19 from the European Union. However as we speak, we reside in a world the place all our member states, other than France, produce other languages too. Many international locations that have been very targeted on the French language as we speak are open to English, Chinese language, Turkish, and Arabic,’ says Mushikiwabo.
However in some African international locations, France seems to be more and more unpopular and analysts says there may be a lot anger in direction of Paris from younger French folks.
At latest anti-French demonstrations in Burkina Faso, protestors referred to as on France and its media to go away their nation.
However Mushikiwabo believes this anger has nothing to do with the language itself.
‘The revolt that we see, particularly amongst French-speaking youth in Africa, is for me extra an affirmation of a much wider id and a a number of id. As we speak, it is a youth that does not need to belong to 1 large nation, on this case the previous colonial energy. It’s not in any respect a rejection of the French language,’ she says.
The 18th summit of Heads of State and Authorities members of La Francophonie will get underway on the Tunisian island of Djerba later this week.
Mushikiwabo is asking on them to redouble their efforts to make sure that the French language is ‘maintained of their worldwide our bodies’ and, specifically, of their college curricula.