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French embassy commemorates International Francophonie Day
March 19, 2018, 10:56 am

The French embassy hosted a ceremony to mark the International Francophonie Day that is observed on 20 March and celebrates the French language and Francophone culture.

The ceremony held on 18 March was attended by H.H. Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah as the Chief Guest. Other guests at the event included members of the diplomatic corps, French nationals, special invitees and media personnel.

Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad lauded the significance of the day and added that it was cultural event that allowed people to express their admiration for the French language and culture. He hoped that Kuwait and Gulf countries would have more French speakers in the near future.

He described Kuwaitis as open-minded people who easily interact with other cultures, and pointed out that the Kuwaiti people have been interacting with the cultures of various communities and have been open to the languages, cultures and ideas of other people.

He went on to praise Kuwait's strong diplomatic relations with the Francophone countries, recalling their supportive stances during the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait.

Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad also pointed out that Kuwait is hosting the French Center for Archeology and Social Sciences, which is active in exploring the Arabian Peninsula to discover its ancient civilizations.

On her part, French Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Marie Masdupuy noted that one of her important goals when she assumed her post here is to help Kuwait become an observer member of International Organization of La Francophonie.

She further revealed that French President Emmanuel Macaron would be announcing in the coming days, after consultation with all Francophone partners, a major plan for overhauling the Francophone organization “for better sharing of ideas, values and spreading of the French language, the world's second most spoken language after English”.

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