International Francophonie Day

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International Francophonie Day
Journée internationale de la Francophonie
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Flag of La Francophonie
Observed byOIF member states
TypeInternational
Significance
DateMarch 20
Next timeMarch 20, 2019 (2019-03-20)
FrequencyAnnual

International Francophonie Day (French: Journée internationale de la Francophonie) is observed within the International Organization of La Francophonie's 77 member states every March 20 to celebrate the French language and Francophone culture. There are over 369 million French speakers on Earth.

Created in 1988, the date celebrates the signing of the Niamey Convention in Niger on 20 March 1970. The convention established the Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique, the precursor to the International Organization of La Francophonie.

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