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Francophone Day celebrated with grand reception
March 25, 2017, 5:37 pm
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A grand reception was held last week at the residence of the Ambassador of Canada to Kuwait H. E. Martine Moreau to celebrate the Francophonie Day which is commemorated every year on March 20. Ambassadors of France, Senegal, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland attended the celebrations along with other diplomats and invitees, including the special guest of honor His Highness Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al-Sabah, a well-wisher and supporter of Francophonie.

Welcoming the gathering Ambassador Moreau said that Frachoponie Day was an occasion to showcase with great pride their commitment to Francophonie, and to celebrate the French language as well as the rich and diverse francophone culture. She added that on this day they recalled the important role played by the francophone world in support of the promotion of peace, democracy, respect for human rights, sustainable development, as well as the central place it gives to women, youth and the vulnerable in its work.

In her address, Ambassador Moreau acknowledged the contribution of the embassies of Belgium, France, Romania, Switzerland and the French Institute in the two-week long celebration. She pointed out that given its proud French legacy, Canada is an avid architect, supporter, and defender of La Francophonie and their participation highlighted the country's linguistic duality.

Elaborating on this, she pointed out that in Canada the French language was at par with English as an official language and nearly 8 million inhabitants or almost a quarter of the entire population identify French as their mother tongue. She pointed out that Canada always played a leading role throughout the evolution of the La Francophonie and the development of its political, economic and cooperation mandates and was also its second largest donor.

Stating the objectives of Canada in La Francophonie she said it was to promote the French language as well as their values of peace, democracy, respect for human rights and good governance, encourage linguistic diversity and providing international visibility for Canada's francophone community.

Guests were treated to some delicious French cuisine and music from the troupe Les Portageux, who were specially flown in from Quebec for the occasion. Students from Kuwait University alsos performed select French numbers to the delight of the guests present.

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