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Le Dialogue des cultures and the Ninth Sommet de la Francophonie

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The Ninth Summit of Heads of State and Government of countries having the French language en partage took place in Beirut, Lebanon, last October, with 40 heads of state and representatives of 16 other members of la Francophonie in attendance. Originally scheduled for October 2001, the gathering had to be postponed for a year, following the attacks of September 11 (i.e. the previous month). The theme chosen for the Summit, ‘le dialogue des cultures’, promoted as one of the francophone movement’s goals in the first article of its charter, thus took on a much greater significance in Beirut than it might have otherwise done, particularly given the fact that this was the first francophone summit to be held on Arab soil.
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2003-02-01

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