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Nice is this year’s host for Les Jeux de la Francophonie 2013, and the opening ceremony takes place this weekend!

This weekend Nice will host Les Jeux de la Francophonie 2013, an event which brings together 55 French speaking countries for a series of sporting and cultural events from 7th – 15th September!

Art , Sport and Language

Every four years these games bring together young people from the French speaking world and give them the opportunity to participate in sports competitions and cultural events.

The games aim to connect young people through the main language of all participating countries, which is of course French, and encourages them to communicate with one another as well as the public. As an Olympic language, French plays an important role in both sporting and cultural events, and the purpose of these games is to strengthen the bonds between the Francophone countries through the use of the language.

This Friday the Mair of Nice, Christian Estrosi, will welcome Abdou Diouf (President of the International Francophone Organisation), Yamina Benguigui (French Minister for the French Speaking World) et François Hollande to the Place Masséna, where the opening ceremony will take place.