International Francophonie Day (French: Journée internationale de la Francophonie) is observed within the International Organization of La Francophonie‘s 77 member states to celebrate the French language and Francophone culture. There are over 274 million French speakers on Earth. In Maine, the Franco-Americans are 25 percent of the state’s population with tens of thousands sharing the heritage through their family genealogies and histories extending into the 17th Century in French speaking Canada. This year’s annual festivities, to honor all Francophones (those who speak French) and to give tribute to Maine’s Franco-American history, the annual Semaine de la Francophonie will be held at the Augusta State House on Wednesday, March 15, beginning at 9 AM with patriotic ceremonies in French and English.
Other events are scheduled during the week, as described in the printed program below, including feature films and a symphony:
Schedule of events for the entire week include ceremonies in the Augusta State House on Wednesday March 15th, with the Maine Legislature and at other cultural venues.
J’ai l’honneur de participer! Nous voulons vous y voir!
(I have the honor to participate. We want to see you there!)