Francophonie celebrates its 50th anniversary


A virtual event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the International Organization of La Francophonie was organised by the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Friday.

In a speech, Minister Evarist Bartolo referred to the common values that Malta embraces together with the other countries in this organisation, based on solidarity, democracy and respect for diversity of cultures and languages.

The minister underlined the importance of promoting such values as well as the French language which unites many nations and serves as an important bridge in Malta and beyond.

Students reading for a degree in French at the University of Malta also participated in the event. They read out works which were penned by Professor Joe Friggieri and Dr Immanuel Mifsud and have been translated into French. Their verses were complemented by melodic tunes on the harp of musician Jacob Portelli.

A short video showing messages of ambassadors accredited to Malta and of members of the International Organization of La Francophonie, was also screened.