Saturday, October 13, 2018
Louisiana and Ireland were two of four countries newly admitted to the International Organisation of Francophonie (OIF) as an observer, along with Malta and the West African state of Gambia. According to KATC:"The international body is comprised of 84 French-speaking countries, provinces and governments. Membership includes access to funding as well as a place at the international table. Louisiana is home to 250,000 Francophones and 5,000 French immersion students enrolled in the state's Department of Culture and Tourism program, CODOFIL."
Saudi Arabia also applied to join the 84-member club -- seen mainly as a vehicle for promoting French influence -- but withdrew its application at the last minute after coming under heavy criticism over its human rights record.
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