International Francophonie Day Information
|International Francophonie Day |
Journée internationale de la Francophonie
Flag of La Francophonie
|Observed by||OIF member states|
|Next time||March 20, 2021|
International Francophonie Day ( French: Journée internationale de la Francophonie) is observed within the International Organization of La Francophonie's 77 member states every March 20 to celebrate the French language and Francophone culture.  There are over 369 million French speakers on Earth.
Created in 1988, the date celebrates the signing of the Niamey Convention in Niger on 20 March 1970. The convention established the Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique, the precursor to the International Organization of La Francophonie.
Just like the British colonies, the French established French colonies. This led to the cultural and lingual spread in the regions which they established the colonies.
According to the Canadian then-minister for La Francophonie Steven Blaney's speech in 2013, the International Francophonie Day is to "celebrate our commitment to not only the French language and the rich and diverse francophone culture but also the values of peace, democracy and respect for human rights that unite all members of the International Organization of La Francophonie". 
- "International Francophonie Day (March 20, 2013)". France Diplomatie. Archived from the original on 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
- "Minister Blaney Celebrates International Day of La Francophonie". Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Archived from the original on 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
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