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Watch the Best Francophone Animated Movies for Free!

Until October 31st, a feature film and eleven animated shorts from francophone filmmakers are available to watch online free of charge and without registration by clicking here. For the 10th consecutive year, the Institut Français and the AFCA (Association française du cinéma d’animation) is offering French speakers and learners the chance to enjoy these movies. But…

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French Program for Refugees Shows Success

A French parliamentary report presented to the National Assembly last month found that significant progress has been made since 2018 in helping refugees and asylum seekers to learn French and thus integrate into French society. However, refugees are slightly better off than asylum seekers, who are still struggling to access employment and language training. “A real effort…

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French Suffering in Canadian Crisis

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended Health Canada’s decision to bypass laws requiring labels and services in both the country’s official languages: French and English. During the pandemic, the government is allowing the sale of some cleaning products from the U.S. which are labeled only in English. “We are in a situation that is completely…

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50 years of Francophonie

The date March 20 is recognized by the OIF as the International Day of La Francophonie. The UN regularly cooperates with the OIF and its member states in the spirit of the provisions of the resolutions on cooperation with the OIF periodically adopted by the General Assembly.In 2020, La Francophonie is also celebrating an important…

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Celebrate UN French Language Day

Today, on March 20, the United Nations celebrates French Language Day.Language Days at the United Nations were introduced in 2010 to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity.The United Nations celebrates six “Language Days” each year, dedicated to the six official languages ​​of the United Nations, namely Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.These days are an…

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Macron Called to Protect French

In an open letter published in Le Parisien last month from the French Language Collective (Le collectif langue française) with over 100 signatories, French president Emmanuel Macron was urged to protect the French language from the “dictatorship” of English. “The French language is in a bad state. Stifled by the influence of British and American…

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Ontario Supports French-Language Education

The province of Ontario will invest $19.41 million in several projects and initiatives to support students, parents and teachers in French-language schools. This investment is part of the new $330 million Priorities and Partnerships Fund (PPF) which funds high impact initiatives that directly support students in the classroom. “We continue to take action to protect…

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Celebrating French and la Francophonie

Every year, speakers of French unite globally to celebrate Francophonie Week from March 17–25 and UN French Language Day on March 20. This year’s theme was “The French language, connecting for action.” French Language and Francophonie Week, coordinated by the French Ministry of Culture, highlighted the role and use of the spoken word in society….

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Ghana Confident in French

Dr.Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education of Ghana, believes that French should be promoted across the country, citing a study conducted by the Foundation for International Development Study and Research which showed that if countries share a common language it boosts their international trade by about 30%. He explained this was because the common language…

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French Genders Get Political

The French prime minister, Édouard Philippe, has banned “inclusive writing” in official texts, clamping down on attempts to make the French language more female-friendly. Moves to end the linguistic dominance of the masculine over the feminine have caused outrage in France, as reported last month (“French in ‘Mortal Danger’ of Gender Neutrality,” Nov. 17).At the heart…