News Release

International Francophone Day Flag Raising
Posted: 3/19/2019 12:00 PM

On the occasion of the International Francophone Day on March 20, 2019, Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux will raise the flag of “La Francophonie” in front of Lafayette City Hall at 8:30 a.m. Cities around the world will join in this ceremonial flag raising on this day showing their dedication to the French language and heritage.

In October 2018, Louisiana joined the International Organization of the Francophonie (IOF) during the biannual summit in Erevan, Armenia. In 2015, Lafayette was the first city in the U.S. to join the AIMF (International Association of Francophone Mayors). This organization is part of IOF, and has requested all member cities to raise “the ring-of-many-colors” flag of the IOF in front of city halls worldwide on March 20 (International Francophone Day). The motto of the event is “Give your City Hall the colours of ‘La Francophonie’.”

The public is invited gather at Lafayette City Hall, 705 W. University Avenue, on March 20 at 8:30 a.m. to show support to this global event.


The Organization International de la Francophonie (OIF), is generally known as the Francophonie but also called International Organization of the Francophonie in English, is an international organization representing countries and regions where French is a customary language, where a significant proportion of the population are francophones (French speakers), or where there is a notable affiliation with French culture. The organization comprises 88 member states and governments; of these 54 states and governments are full members, 7 are associate members and 27 are observers.

The Association Internationale des Maires Francophones (AIMF), in English the International Association of Francophone Mayors, established in 1979, is an international organization of mayors of almost 300 cities in French-speaking countries, headquartered in Paris, France. The AIMF brings together and makes connections between mayors and officials of capitals and metropolitan areas where French is an official language. Its purpose is to facilitate the implementation of projects, the exchange of practices and knowledge, by providing an international forum for Francophone cities.