Emeritus Professor at Paris Descartes, Sorbonne and Paris Cité, Honorary Director of the Observatory of International Economic Law, Development and of Francophonie
Among the objectives which have always underpinned international relations, there is one which tends to bring together the peoples and States of a single or of several continents and helps them to know each other better and to cooperate. Pan-Asianism, a movement that covers a complex continent, is diffuse in content. Before the First World War it was led by Japan and in the post-war period India took on its leadership. Both countries made their mark upon it.
The creation in May 1963 of the Organisation of African Unity was inspired by the long-held dream of a united Africa which, after general independence was achieved, dictated the watchword of “Africa for the Africans.” The Heads of State and Government present in Addis Ababa in 1963 attempted to turn it into a reality.
The Francophone world is, above all, a cultural space occupied, partly or entirely, by the use of the French language and the values embedded in it — values that it has gradually made its own. The Francophone world is also increasingly an institutional space, that of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) which, with each passing summit, has increasingly created a political and even economic content, shaped by the texts of Hanoi and Antananarivo. However, the Francophone...
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