French Connection - Sénégal


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


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.


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.



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.


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.



Online Courses

Hakim, your French guide, in a café

French Steps

All-in-one beginners' course. Complete it in 12 weeks with our weekly tips

Talk French

A video introduction to the language in 10 short parts


Ma France

For French improvers. 24 units with video, key phrases and games. Refresh your language and keep it up-to-date


Your Say

Worms © Fotolia XIII -

Worms for dinner?

A wriggly word left one of you lost for words

Don't try this abroad!

Don't try this abroad!

Ever felt flustered in France? Watch this and other funny tales

More of your tips and stories

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.