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1 Apr 2013

Francophone Days in Rome

Robert Berrouët-Oriol, linguist; Michel Audet, Commissioner General of the French Language World Forum; Pascal Singy, University of Lausanne; Silvie-Anne Ménard, blogger; and Walter Geerts, Director of the Academia Belgica.

The Commissioner General of the first French Language World Forum, Michel Audet, opened a panel discussion entitled “Le langage des jeunes, c koi?” (the language of young people, what’s that?) in Rome on March 21. The event was organized in conjunction with Francophone Days in Rome by the heads of Francophone missions in Rome. Québec Government Representative in Rome Amalia Daniela Renosto is a member of the group. Mr. Audet took the opportunity afforded by the panel to inform the Roman Francophones and Francophiles in attendance about the Forum’s program by outlining the event’s major issues and highlights.

He also noted that one of the Forum’s objectives is to emphasize both the universal character of the French language and its inclusion in modern realities and practices that people, particularly young people, find interesting and enjoyable. Hence the theme chosen for the panel.

The event was held at the Academia Belgica and attracted some 60 people, particularly from the diplomatic and academic communities. Québec blogger Silvie-Anne Ménard, alias Zviane, and the Québec linguist of Haitian origin Robert Berrouët-Oriol also participated as speakers.

The first French Language World Forum will be held in Québec City from July 2 to 6, 2012. The International Organization of La Francophonie is behind the initiative which is being organized in collaboration with the Québec Government.

Program: 2012 French Language World Forum (in French)
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