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Petition for the USA to become a member state of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

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The United States of America is home to an indigenous French-speaking population, yet it is not a member - not even an observing member - of the International Organization of La Francophonie.

Not enough is being done in America to acknowledge or preserve the unique linguistic and cultural heritage of Cajun and Creole speakers in Louisiana and elsewhere, and this heritage is endangered. In the 1990 US census, approximately 250,000 Louisiana residents indicated that French was the language they spoke at home. In the 2000 census, it was down to 198,784. 

To give America's indigenous French-speaking population the respect it deserves, and to foster preservation of its cultural heritage, the United States needs to become a member state of the International Organization of La Francophonie, which actively supports cooperation measures to promote the French language, cultural diversity, sustainable development, education and training.


This petition is sponsored by Francophilia. Francophilia consists of three sites: * The Gazette: an online magazine featuring bite-sized tidbits of news and culture from the francophone world. * The Community: a social network created to bring together those who share a passion for the French language and francophone cultures. * The Marketplace: an e-commerce site offering products of interest to francophiles.

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Neither the OIF nor CODOFIL are in any way involved in this petition. The links below are provided for information only.

Organisation internationale de la FrancophonieThe International Organisation of La Francophonie was created in 1970. Its mission is to embody the active solidarity between its 70 member states and governments (56 members and 14 observers), which together represent over one-third of the United Nations’ member states and account for a population of over 870 million people, including 200 million French speakers. List of OIF member states

CODOFIL - Conseil pour le développement du français en LouisianeThe Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) was created in 1968 by the state legislature, because of the existence of [its] corps of native French speakers. According to Legislative Act No. 409, CODOFIL is empowered to "do any and all things necessary to accomplish the development, utilization, and preservation of the French language as found in Louisiana for the cultural, economic and touristic benefit of the state".

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