French Connection - Sénégal

Sénégal

What is la francophonie? Artists and politicians share their perspectives.

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Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade discusses the vision of Senghor.

Abdoulaye Wade Il était plutôt une communauté de langue, autour de la langue française. Vous savez que Senghor est un perfectionniste de la langue française en tant qu'agrégé en grammaire française et professeur. Et il s'agissait donc de regrouper les pays qui avaient la langue française comme une langue commune.

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It was more of a linguistic community. After all, Senghor was a perfectionist in French - he'd graduated in it and taught French grammar. So the aim was to group together those countries which had French as their common language. The idea which inspired them was the cultural links between them.

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Singer Baaba Maal talks about his views of la francophonie.

Baaba Maal Quand on parle de francophonie, on pense à la France. Et j'aimerais bien voir de plus en plus que les Français au niveau de la France, quand ils parlent de la langue française et de ses opportunités, qu'ils ne pensent pas seulement à la France, mais qu'ils pensent à tous ceux qui s'expriment en français, qui de près ou de loin, sont connectés avec eux, avec cette langue.

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When we speak of Francophonie, we think of France. But I would very much like to see the French of France, who speak French, taking the opportunity to think not only of France, but also of everything that is expressed in French, or that is more or less closely connected with that language.

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