The French Review
THE ORGANISATION INTERNATIONALE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE (OIF) increasingly acts as a powerful French-speaking voice in defense of both French culture and language and in advancing French-speaking nations' multiple global, political and economic interests. While the OIF includes developed as well as developing1 nations, its policies and financial resources come from its wealthier and more economically powerful members, fueling charges that it exists to represent those members' interests. The OIF is unique among international organizations in propounding economic policies based on assumptions different from those espoused by the World Trade Organization (WTO). These differences become most apparent in OIF's strong stance supporting cultural exceptions in international trade. This article examines the claims pursued by the OIF, the issue of whose interests are being served, and prospects for its future.
Neathery-Castro, Jody L. and Rousseau, Mark O., "Does French Matter? France and Francophonie in the Age of Globalization" (2005). Political Science Faculty Publications. 19.