Le Courrier de Floride
|Founded||July 1, 2013|
|Headquarters||Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|Gwendal Gauthier (CEO and founder)|
Le Courrier de Floride is a free monthly French-speaking newspaper in Florida, on paper and on internet, founded in 2013 by Gwendal Gauthier. Hard copies of the newspaper are distributed in French stores, at consulates, and in schools, in Florida.
The first issue of the journal included an exclusive interview with the then-outgoing Consul général de France à Miami, Gaël de Maisonneuve. Le Courrier de Floride also included interviews of other French officials, such as the new consul of France in Miami,[who?] the consul of Canada in Miami,[who?] and the first interview of the new ambassador of France to the United States, Gérard Araud. An interview published at the French consul's website notes that it had been a long time since any French newspaper appeared at a local level in the United States, perhaps not since French-language newspapers in Louisiana ceased publishing in the early 1900s (The New Orleans Bee, which published from 1827 to 1923, has been reported to be the last French-language newspaper of New Orleans.)
The newspaper serves a large population (approximately three million) of French-speaking inhabitants and visitors in Florida, including expatriates and immigrants from Haiti and other countries, and numerous French-Canadian Snowbird visitors during the six cold months in Québec, with many of the snowbirds staying in Broward County communities of Hollywood, Hallandale, Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale. French is now the third most widely spoken language in Florida, after English and Spanish, with approximately 500,000 residents in the 2010 census speaking French or French Creole (mostly Haitian Creole) as their first language. Back in 2003, Florida became the state or province having the second-greatest number of French-speakers, behind only Quebec, passing Ontario. 36% of all French Creole speakers in the U.S., and 4% of all French speakers, lived in Miami in 2007.
- Nancy Faucon (January 15, 2015). "Le Courrier de Floride: Un Lunairien a lancé un journal à Miami". Le Pays Malouin (Saint-Malo, France). (scanned copy available here)
- "Un journal pour les français de Floride". French Consulate General, Miami. July 3, 2013.
- Gwendal Gauthier. "Qui sommes-nous? / The French are back in Florida 450 years after!". Le Courrier de Floride.
- "Le Courrier de Floride -- Un journal pour les francais de Floride". Lepetitjournal.com.
- "Louise Léger: la consule du Canada à Miami fait le point avant l'arrivée des Snowbirds". Le Courrier de Floride. October 29, 2014.
- "Gérard Araud: "France et Etats-Unis agissent ensemble face aux défis mondiaux"". Le Courrier de Floride. December 3, 2014.
- 2010 U.S. census; see detail in Florida#Demographics.
- Graeme Hamilton (October 15, 2003). "Sunshine state overtakes Ontario in number of francophones". National Post.
- Hyon B. Shin and Robert A. Kominski (2010). "Language Use in the United States: 2007" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau.
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