Ambassador Dorance formally announces beginning of Francophonie Week

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Zubair Qureshi

Ambassador of France, Martine Dorance, formally announced the ‘kick start’ of the Francophonie Week to celebrate one of the most admired and of course widely spoken languages of the world. During a reception held at the ‘Residence of France,’ Ambassador Dorance introduced to the audience that largely constituted diplomats from the French speaking countries, guests and colleagues “Programme Semaine De La Francophonie” or the programme of the Francophonie Week that offers the French learners as well as speakers a wide range of activities and entertainment. During the period a number of films, theatrical performances, food fair and speech contests will be highlighted promoting the language and its various nuances.
One could see Chairman of the Higher Education Commission Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, EU Ambassador Jean-François Cautain, Swiss, Polish, Austrian, envoys, diplomats from other French speaking countries like Belgium, Algiers, Morocco, Canada, Romania and others gathered at the reception. Taking advantage of the presence of Chairman HEC, Ambassador Martine Dorance, reiterated her country’s commitment to support Pakistani universities and students. We look forward to offering more scholarships and our universities are open to the brilliant Pakistani students.
Meanwhile, the Pak France Higher Education week came to an end on Friday. Around 20 French universities visited different cities of Pakistan for five days, culminating in the celebration of the “French Day” at the Higher Education Commission, co-organized by the HEC and attended by the Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Engineer Muhammad Balighur Rehman. Later, talking to Pakistan Observer, Ambassador of France said, French is spoken in more than 80 countries of the world and the number of those who speak this language is around 900 million. In June last year, we celebrated French Day with Pakistani students and it turned out to be a great morale booster for those who intend to join the French varsities for studies and career, she said. She hoped in the days to come more students will apply for and get scholarships in world’s top-ranking institutions of France.