ArmInfo. You know what a high place Armenia occupies in the hearts of the French in Paris, Marseilles and other places. French President Emmanuel Macron stated this on October 11 at the opening of the 17th Summit of the International Organization of Francophonie, expressing gratitude to Armenia for organizing the event at the highest level, noting that this is a very symbolic event for Yerevan.
The word ''Armenia'' causes very delicate emotions in the souls of the French people. Armenia is associated with a nation whose representatives occupy an important place in the life of France, who love our country immensely. And France opened its arms to these people. Macron stressed that the legendary crooner was a symbol of Armenia, France and Francophonie. He was a huge talent of singing, who sang about our happiness, misfortunes, our light approaches toward life. He sang with a unique sadness, specific for people living in wandering. We all know that he is Armenian, he was singing and preserving Armenian identity, was sending humanitarian aid to genocide victims, was encouraging courage. By fully acknowledging the great crime, the Genocide, a victim of which he himself was, I want to voice the name of this great man, Charles Aznavour," Macron said.
At the same time, he added that today a family has gathered in Yerevan, which covers all continents, which does not recognize skin color, has no religion, has different names, lives in different climatic conditions, has a different history, among whose members there were many "sores" who have just begun to heal, but, nevertheless, this diverse family is united and consolidated around one language. According to him, this language does not belong to someone, it belongs to everyone.
Macron stated that the Summit is taking place in a difficult period, when major changes are taking place in the world, the world order is broken by lies, hate propaganda, and all the norms and principles around which countries have been consolidated for dozens of years are no longer valid, issues related to the separation of the concepts of man-woman are attacked on all continents.
The French President believes that in this situation, the OIF can only act and create aimed at sobering everyone and only appeals to sobering will be voiced at its platforms. He stated that there are 84 states in the OIF, but there is not a single country that would dictate its will to others, which would dictate the principles of democracy to others. "I mean myself by saying these words, since France has often used to do this," the Head of France said.
The French leader stressed that Francophonie is an open and universal platform, where efforts can be united to promote common human principles and rights and on which fight for human rights can be carried out. According to him, Francophonie should be feminist. He stressed the importance of promoting French throughout the organization's territory, in this connection recalling that about 700 million people would soon be speaking in French.
In conclusion, he noted that 15 days ago he talked with Charles Aznavour, and he was inspired, he was planning a tour in Tokyo, and was looking forward to a trip to Yerevan. "Since it was to be his one more meeting with Armenia and French, his first language was Armenian and the second Georgian, but today there is not a single person in France who would not say that he was the best speaker of French. This should be our goal - the promotion of our language throughout the world. And we still have a lot to do, " Macron concluded.
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