International institute for French speakers (francophonie) inaugurated in Lyon on June 2014
19 June 2014
International institute for French speakers (francophonie) was inaugurated in Lyon on June 19, 2014
“Francophonie” (communication in French) promotes values such as humanism, solidarity, social cohesion, the mixing of peoples, and dialog, in particular through a diversity of languages when confronted with a trend toward uniformity and the use of one language only.
On June 19, the Institut International for Francophonie (2IF) was inaugurated in Lyon by Mr Abdou Diouf, General Secretary of the International Organization of French Speakers (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) and former President of the Republic of Senegal. Located at University Jean Moulin Lyon 3, this international institute succeeds IFRAMOND (Institute for the Study of French-Speaking Countries and Globalization) and will expand IFRAMOND’s original missions. IFRAMOND is currently a recognized platform for teaching and research concerning French speakers and globalization.
The City of Lyon has supported IFRAMOND since its creation in 2001 and in 2013 suported the signing of a framework agreement leading to the creation of the Institut International for Francophonie. The Institute’s goal is to profoundly transform the image of francophonie and take up the challenges which globalization currently represents for French speakers.
For many years, Greater Lyon and the City of Lyon have included francophonie at the heart of partnerships with cities located in French-speaking countries or regions (West Africa, Quebec, Vietnam, Morocco, Lebanon, Armenia and Romania). Lyon also belongs to the International Association of French-Speaking Mayors (AIMF), which promotes decentralized cooperation among French speakers.