Visit of Mr. Filippe Savadogo, Ambassador of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF).
Mr. Filipe Savadogo, Permanent Observer of the International Organisation of Francophone States (OIF) to the United Nations in New York City and former Minister of Culture and Communication in Burkina Faso, visited Louisiana at the end of August. During his first visit, prepared by the Consulate General of France together with the CODOFIL, Mr. Savadogo met with Mr. Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans and the Lieutenant-Governor Mr. Jay Dardenne who will be in Paris in October for the renewal of the Louisiana France Accords and will meet at that occasion Mr. Abdou Diouf, Secretary-General of OIF .
He attended a reception given by the Consul of France for his visit, with the participation of Consular Corps Members, French Schools representatives and teachers, as well as other francophone dignitaries from New Orleans area, including Mr Damien Regnard from Forum Francophone des Affaires.
Mr. Savadogo went to Terrebonne Parish to visit the United Houma Nation, a francophone Native American community; to Baton-Rouge, where he met Louisiana Representative Mr Stephen Ortego, Mr Bill Arceneaux, President of CODOFIL, Department of Education, LSU and LPB representatives, and Lafayette, following the invitation of the Centre International where he spoke to Mr. Joey Durel, Mayor of Lafayette, Mr. Philippe Gustin, Director of the Centre International, as well as the major protagonists of French language promotion in Louisiana. He met with the FrancoJeunes, ULL representatives, the French creole community in St Martinville as well as the Arnaudville NuNu cultural economy collective, partner of Les Articulteurs in Brittany, France.