Organised every 4 years, the Games bring together 80 Francophone States from around the whole world, united in favour of youth and diversity. Luxembourg has been present at all the editions of the Games since their inception - in 1989 in Morocco - and has already won 15 medals (5 silver and 10 bronze).
This year, the event is taking place in Côte d'Ivoire, more specifically in the city of Abidjan, from 21 to 30 July 2017. A promising 8th edition, which is expected to bring together more than 3,000 young Francophones, with a total of 31 artists and athletes from Luxembourg.
A sporting and cultural competition
These Games are partly organised by the International Organisation of La Francophonie (Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, OIF), of which Luxembourg has been a member since March 1970. The event is unique in that it combines sporting and cultural competitions (recalling the Games of Antiquity).
It is very simple, sporting and artistic young people meet here on the same stage for a fabulous testimony of francophone solidarity. Sports performances are mixed with creative performances in 10 competitions reserved for young people between the ages of 18 and 35: the public can witness singing, photography, street art and other artistic performances, as well as sports competitions, including, for example, athletics, table tennis, disabled sports, and development activities.
The Francophonie Games are also a springboard for the participants. They serve their reputation internationally. For example, it was at the 1989 Games in Morocco that sprinter Marie-José Pérec won her first gold medal.
A new edition under the sign of solidarity, diversity and excellence
The Francophonie Games are held every four years alternately in a country in the South and in the North. The last edition in 2013 took place in France in the city of Nice, so it is logical that a country of the South is the host this year. For their part, the 2021 Games will be held in a country of the North, Canada.
The organisation of these Games is a real opportunity for the host country. The 2017 edition is regarded by Côte d'Ivoire as a real lever for development and social cohesion. It is part of a project for development and strengthening national cohesion in the context of its "emerging country by 2020" process.
To follow this 8th edition and to support the Luxembourg delegation, tune in to TV5 Monde, the official broadcaster of the event and visit the social networks of the Games or surf directly on the official website.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)