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"La Francophonie no longer seduces, let's redouble our efforts!"


FIGAROVOX / TRIBUNE - La Francophonie is no longer considered a lever of influence for France, deplores Bruno Fuchs, deputy and secretary general of the parliamentary assembly of La Francophonie. According to him, the international summit in 2024 should be an opportunity to promote it.

Bruno Fuchs, MoDem MP for Haut-Rhin and Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie.

The medium-term demographic projections are unanimous: the French-speaking area sees its center of gravity moving strongly towards the south.

From 60% today, French speakers could be 85% to be on the African continent in 2050. From 300 million speakers, French speakers could be 750 million by this same horizon.

Far from worrying us, this demographic fact must be seen above all as an incredible opportunity, a real asset in terms of power and influence for all the nations concerned.

The International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) has 88 member countries, the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie (APF) 91 members, the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) has more than 1,000 educational establishments superior.

Not to mention the networks of local elected officials, NGOs or the International Network of Francophonie Houses (RIMF)

And yet this scenario has every chance of not happening.

All over the world our partners increasingly openly criticize our lack of involvement, our lack of ambition.

“You have abandoned French”

, we hear more and more often in Africa or in Quebec.

If we ourselves no longer give the impression of believing in the Francophonie, how can we train our partners?

Beyond the language, the resurgence of positions hostile to French power in Mali or Burkina Faso also contributes to this phenomenon.

The facts are significant, the Francophonie, as it stands, no longer seduces and is no longer considered a lever of influence for France.

She needs to regenerate.

The Francophonie is rich in its youth, which is the guarantee of keeping our common heritage alive and continuing.

Nevertheless, time has done its work and the aspirations of new generations have evolved.

Memorial issues too often alter the relationships that unite the populations of the French-speaking world to France.

Culture can no longer be the primary legacy and must necessarily give way to economic and social imperatives.

The 2024 Francophonie summit is fast approaching and must draw in its wake a maximum of initiatives and events to ensure its promotion.

Bruno Fuchs

Francophone youth across the globe are thirsty for entrepreneurship.

This requires a deep desire for training and education.

This must necessarily go through strengthened partnerships between our universities.

We must also respond to the job expectations of this youth by developing a network of French-speaking professional high schools as quickly as possible and train electricians, bakers, mechanics and nursing assistants.

Entrepreneurial initiatives must also be further supported by the implementation of a call for projects policy geared towards the French-speaking world.

More broadly, the economic Francophonie seems best placed today to recreate enthusiasm around the challenges of the 21st century.

Mother of battles, that of mobility.

How to create an open space, responding to the modern aspirations of young people if the obstacles to movement remain so great?

Without dealing with this often taboo question, the French-speaking world will be less and less of a credible and exciting alternative.

The 2024 Francophonie summit is fast approaching and must draw in its wake a maximum of initiatives and events to ensure its promotion.

We must rely on all the actors involved, such as the Maisons des Francophonies or the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie In France, this event must also be an opportunity to inject new momentum by decorrelating the ministerial charge assigned to cooperation in general and that devolved to the Francophonie more specifically.

Everything that has been mentioned must be used to lay the foundations of a real French-speaking political and economic zone.

The ultimate goal is to acquire real means of action and levers for the benefit of French-speaking populations, and with concrete effects on their daily lives.

Source: lefigaro

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