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Francophone Flag raised today

Posted at 5:28 PM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 19:31:54-04

The Francophone flag was raised today at Lafayette City Hall to celebrate International Francophone Day.

Cities around the world will join in this ceremonial flag raising on this day showing their dedication to the French language and heritage.

In October 2018, Louisiana joined the International Organization of the Francophonie during the biannual summit in Erevan, Armenia. In 2015, Lafayette was the first city in the U.S. to join the International Association of Francophone Mayors. All member cities are asked to raise “the ring-of-many-colors” flag in front of city halls worldwide on March 20. The motto of the event is “Give your City Hall the colours of ‘La Francophonie’.”

The Organization International de la Francophonie, is generally known as the Francophonie but also called International Organization of the Francophonie in English, is an international organization representing countries and regions where French is a customary language, where a significant proportion of the population are francophones, or where there is a notable affiliation with French culture. The organization comprises 88 member states and governments; of these 54 states and governments are full members, seven are associate members and 27 are observers.