Francophone and State Leaders Raise Francophonie Flag


Thursday, March 21, 3 pm 

The State House, 82 Smith St., Providence, R.I.


R.I. Leaders & Francophone Organizations Raise Francophonie Flag

March 21 Event at State House Will Celebrate French Language and Culture

(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) – The public and press are invited to join the League of Francophone Organizations of Rhode Island on Thursday, March 21, at the Rhode Island State House, as they gather with state and Francophone leaders to raise the Francophonie Flag and celebrate French language and culture in Rhode Island.

The event will begin at 3pm in the State Room for a short concert by the students of the French American School of R.I. and the singing of the French, Canadian, and American national anthems by the choir of Alliance Française of Providence. 

This will be followed by a speaking program emceed by Roger Begin, Honorary Consul of France to Rhode Island. Speakers will include Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, members of the Rhode Island Legislature, Delegate of Québec in New England Marie-Claude Francoeur, Consul General of Canada David Alward, Consul of France Arnaud Mentré, President of the Alliance Française of Providence Dominique Gregoire, and President of the R.I. Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French Michael Hebert.

The program will conclude with a creative presentation on the French language by Hebert’s AP French students from Classical High School. A wine and cheese reception will immediately follow. 

The events are presented by members of the League of Francophone Organizations of Rhode Island: Museum of Work & Culture (a division of the Rhode Island Historical Society), Alliance Française de Providence, Flickers: The Rhode Island International Film Festival, American Association of Teachers of French of Rhode Island, the French American School, and Club Aram Pothier.

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