Events 10 things you should know about Francophonie
2016-07-20 16:03:02 TV5MONDE Asie Pacifique


  1. The International Francophonie Day is celebrated everywhere in the world every year on March 20th since 1988
  2. The International Organization of “La Francophonie” (OIF) includes 77 member countries
  3. TV5MONDE is one of the main members in the OIF
  4. In order to be a member of the OIF, it is not mandatory for the French language to be mainly spoken but it should be used in an appropriate proportion
  5. There are 274 millions Francophones or French speakers worldwide
  6. The objective of the OIF is not only to promote the French language, but also to promote democracy; Human Rights; cultural dialogue; education; a friendly environment, etc
  7. On that special day, the Francophonie is celebrated through all kinds of games and activities involving French language competitions, movies, gastronomy events, artistic exhibitions, debates, …
  8. Michaëlle Jean is now the secretary general of the OIF. She was born in Haïti, raised in Canada and is fluent in 5 languages (French, English, Italian, Spanish, Creole, and can read Portuguese).
  9. This year, the focus is placed on the theme of the planet and environment, as the “Paris Climat 2015” conference is held in France



For this occasion, TV5MONDE has planned everything for you to celebrate this event with us! So don’t miss the special programmes that will start from March 14th on your favourite channel:

  • Dites-le franco(phone): a special program recorded in Paris Hôtel de Ville, with Anne Hidalgo (Paris Mayor),  Michaëlle Jean (secretary general of the OIF) et Annie Girardin (secretary of state for the francophony).



  • Destination Francophonie



  • Acoustic 



  • Questions pour un champion : Special Francophonie Day



  • La cérémonie des Jutras
  • Internationales with Michaëlle Jean
  • Goût de France / Good France (with many chefs around the world taking part in the “Dîner à la Francaise”. You can watch the TV5MONDE short programmes until March 19th



To check the events organized in your country, check the Francophonie website


In order to share your love for the French language, don’t hesitate to take part in the events. You might want to check with your local Alliance Francaise to discover what is being organized nearby you! The more we are, the merrier!

To learn more about the OIF, check the Francophonie official website

So what are you planning to do? Let us know and leave us your comments! Merci!


  • Crème de la Crème presents for the fourth consecutive year a great selection of French films. True to tradition, the festival offers a large "bouquet" of films that have won awards at the biggest international festivals in 20 cinemas throughout Slovakia. The Crème de la Crème festival has become the meeting point for film buffs, francophiles and all those curious about avant-garde cinema that is so often so sensitive and artistically free.


  • Oscar-winning Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has been named President of the judging panel for the 70th Cannes Film Festival in 2017 “For its 70th edition, the Festival de Cannes is delighted to welcome a unique and hugely popular artist. His works have already carved out an eternal niche in the history of film,” the festival said in a statement. The Festival de Cannes will take place from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 28th May 2017. The Official Selection and Members of the Jury will be announced in mid-April. Read more here 


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