Francophonie 2021 & Francophonie 20222023-02-23T15:10:53+05:30

Francophonie is people sharing one language: French. Around 300 million people speak French on the 5 continents. Every year on 20th March, they celebrate Francophonie all around the world.

On this occasion, the Embassy of France, the French Institute and the network of Alliances Françaises in India organise events along with many institutions such as schools, universities and cultural centres for various diplomatic missions.

These educational events aimed at promoting the French language and celebrating the community of French speakers and learners.

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  • With 300 million speakers worldwide, French is the 5th most spoken language in the world, behind Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish and, depending on estimates, Arabic or Hindi.
  • By 2050, the number of French speakers in the world is projected to reach the number of 750 million, thanks to rising fluency and population growth in Africa.
  • French is the official language in 29 countries. French is the only official language in 13 of these countries and the co-official language in 16 countries.
  • French is the only language, with English, that is taught in every country of the world, with 100 million students and 2 million teachers – 20 % of whom are outside of francophone countries.
  • It is the third most useful language for business and the primary or secondary language of many international organisations such as the UN, the EU, NATO, the WTO, or the International Olympic Committee. 
  • The Francophonie flag (just like the Olympic flag) represents the colours of the 5 continents: blue for Europe, yellow for Asia, black for Africa, green for Oceania, red for North /South America.
  • The motto of Francophonie is: Equality, Complementarity, Solidarity.
  • The most populous country where French is the official language in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa, followed by France and Canada.
  • Many major living French language authors – Milan Kundera, Nancy Houston, Jonathan Littel, Andreï Makhine, Tahar Ben Jeloun, Dany Laferrière, François Cheng – did not speak French as a mother tongue.
  • French film production – at 500 films per year – is number two in the world. In Canada, Quebec films often outsell Hollywood films at the box office.

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Message de SG de l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)

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News & Events

Virtual round table on inclusive language in francophone territories. Conversation in French with Eliane Viennot and Catherine Leclerc

French-Haitian author and poet Louis Philippe Dalembert will be in conversation with Mugdha Sinha talking about his book The Mediterranean Wall

Pascal Gallet in concert

February 19, 2022 @ 23:00 - 00:00

In a special episode of Cafe with a French, experience the sublime music of world-renowned pianist Pascal GALLET

French Rendez-Vous Festival

French Rendez-Vous festival commemorates artistic creations and exchanges through exclusive dance, music, theatre and circus performances.


Exploratio – video game

The “Exploratio” video game, is aimed at 15-35-year-olds who would like to dive into a space adventure in the company of Elocus, an astronaut whose mission is to find the richness and diversity of the language.

Many challenges await players, who will be able to explore the galaxy of tesseracts where the treasures of the French language and the French-speaking world are hidden.

This free application will be available on online stores (App Store and Google Play).



Every year on 20th March, we celebrate World Francophonie Day all around the world.

In the spotlight this year was the theme “AIR”. This theme was not chosen by chance: it allows us to realize our duty to continue our efforts to fight for the well-being of our planet and the quality of the air we breathe.

Institut Français India is pleased to have organised several events to celebrate Francophonie in 2021 

  • a Video Capsules Making Contest, 
  • a Dictation which will allow us to discover a francophone female author,
  • a contest for French language teachers, 
  • and of course the Poster Making Contest

This Poster Making Contest was intended for a very young school audience (classes 5 to 8). The students had to create a poster using at least one of the 10 words of the 2020-2021 edition of the “Dis-moi 10 Mots” operation, organized each year by the French Ministry of Culture.

The best 20 posters were published in the form of an e-book.

This Video Capsule Making Contest was intended for school students (classes 9 to 12). The students had to create a video capsule using at least one of the 10 words of the 2020-2021 edition of the “Dis-moi 10 Mots” operation, organized each year by the French Ministry of Culture.

The best video capsules were published on our social media.

Indian francophones tested their spelling skills. They took part in the big friendly dictation organized by the Institut français. The Fête de la Francophonie put women in the spotlight! 

This event was an opportunity to discover a French-speaking author. Before the dictation, there was a presentation of the author and the text. After the dictation, an animated commentary on the text and the lexicon used was conducted by experts. The dictation was open to adults and adolescents, intermediate level of French (A2 / B1).

On the occasion of the International Day of French Teachers (Journée Internationale du Professeur de Français), the Institut Français in India announced an open competition for all the French language teachers in India.

The two winners of this competition will get a pedagogical and linguistic stay of two weeks in France.

Theme for 2021: “Nouveaux liens et nouvelles pratiques : projets pour demain”

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French Embassy in India
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