Friday, October 19, 2012
Perhaps French is as much an African language as Arabic would have been an European language if it had remained a lingua franca in southwestern Europe. If not African, then a very-much-intertwined-with-the-historical-and-present-Africa...type language. In any case, depending on how things work out the French language may end up owing as much to Africa for its future prominence as Portuguese does to Brazil at the moment. We will find out in about two or three decades.
To the article:
"The future of the francophonie is here, in Africa...French does not belong to France, it belongs to you, it is yours." Saying this François Hollande launched the Sommet de la Francophonie in Kinshasa. It is true that in 2050, according to forecasts, 80% of the 700 million that speak French will be in Africa.
For François Hollande, this language is "inseparable from the Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen", written in that language by the revolutionaries of 1789, as well as the values of democracy and the freedoms attached to it.
In Kinshasa, the French president met with a number of NGOs and representatives of the opposition, beginning with Etienne Tshisekedi. He unveiled a plaque in honour of the Congolese human rights activist Floribest Chebeya..he also deplored "unacceptable realities" concerning the governance of the DR Congo in his speech...