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International Day of Francophonie

Published Wednesday March 20 2019

20 March marks the International Day of the Francophonie, and an opportunity for Luxembourg to reiterate its historic commitment to the French language.

The International Association of French-Speaking Parliamentarians (today known as the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie) was founded in 1967 in Luxembourg City. In 1970, Luxembourg was among the 21 founding members of the International Organization of La Francophonie.

Today, French is used by more than 300 million people and is the 5th most spoken language worldwide. It is one of the three official languages in Luxembourg, and remains one of the main medium of communication. As Prime Minister Xavier Bettel stated at the occasion of the International Day of the Francophonie, “(…) along with Luxembourgish, German, Portuguese, English and many other languages, the French language contributes to conveying the image of Luxembourg as a multilingual nation which we are particularly proud of. A nation that is open to others, accepts diversity and promotes tolerance. “

As in previous years, the Luxembourg Embassy in Washington D.C. participates in the “Francophonie Month of Culture”, hosting a concert on 21 March by Adrienne Haan, who will perform a program of French cabaret and chanson.