swissinfo.ch Special on the French-Speaking World



    BERN, Switzerland, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Swissinfo is launching a new themed
special to coincide with the 12th Sommet de la Francophonie. In addition to
the news from the summit itself, swissinfo.ch will present a variety of
aspects of the French-speaking world from the Swiss perspective.
    The Sommet de la Francophonie, which is taking place from 17 to
19 October in Quebec, brings together the heads of state and government of the
member countries of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. In
addition to the international political situation, delegates at the conference
will be debating four key issues that challenge the French-speaking world
today: democracy and the rule of law, governance in the economy, the
environment, and the French language.

    Switzerland's influential position

    Switzerland has been a full member of the summit of heads of state and
government of countries that share the French language since 1989. As the
organisation's fourth-largest financial backer after France, Canada and the
French-speaking community in Belgium, Switzerland occupies an influential
position.

    Switzerland in the French-speaking world

    The new swissinfo special provides a series of illuminating articles
about the French language in western Switzerland (la Suisse romande) and
around the world. Accents and the written language are particular points of
focus. Reflecting on the 400-year history of Quebec, which is hosting the 12th
Sommet de la Francophonie, swissinfo will also be exploring the real or
imagined traces of the Belle Province in Switzerland and among the Swiss in a
number of articles.
    Link to special:
http://www.swissinfo.ch/fre/dossiers/sommet_de_la_francophonie/index.html?sit
eSect=23430

    swissinfo is one of the enterprise units of SRG SSR idee suisse,
Switzerland's public service radio and television broadcaster. It keeps Swiss
people living abroad informed about events in their homeland and raises
awareness of Switzerland in other countries. Swissinfo achieves this through
its nine-language news and information platform:
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/index.html





For further information:

For further information: Jugurtha Ait-Ahmed, Editor-in-Chief, French,
Phone: +41-31-350-95-58, E-Mail: jugurtha.aitahmed@swissinfo.ch

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