The French Ambassador to Liberia has said that the French language plays a fundamental role in assuring the linguistic and cultural diversity globally. Ambassador Gerard LAROME said this is because the French language and values of solidarity and the dialogue of cultures, which the Franco-phone upheld are celebrated on the yearly basis everywhere in the world and on the Franco-phone international Day.
He made the assertions during the formal re-opening of Alliance Française or French Institute on Saturday, 6 April in Monrovia. The ceremony brought together both local and international dignitaries including the Ambassadors of Germany, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, as well as Senegal, among others.
“The rise of Liberians’ interest in French goes along with its economic development, as more economic and reciprocal partnerships are built and keep growing, since President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s State visit to France on November 12, 2012,” LAROME noted.
According to him, the French language is the second often taught in schools and universities, as result of the geographical closeness of the francophone countries and the political and economic interests of those countries.
“In this capacity, French must be considered as a powerful tool for regional and global integration. In the United Nations, European Union, Economic Community of West African States, as well as in the Mano River Union, French and English co-habitate perfectly,” the Ambassador lamented.
The 2013 sixth edition of the Franco-phone International Day was organized in partnership with francophone Embassies and Consulates in Liberia under the leadership of the French Embassy.
Ambassador LAROME was delighted to receive both local and international dignitaries at the Alliance Française for the sixth Franco-phone International Day, organized by the office of the Franco-phone.
“The attraction of the French language in Liberia cannot be denied as more than eighty persons have been registered for evening French classes, while the registration exercise is yet commence to the end,” the French Diplomat noted.