About the Games of La Francophonie

Official Games of la Francophonie logo. Included in the logo, the French words jeunesse arts and sports

Created in 1987 during the Summit of La Francophonie (available in French only) in Quebec City and held under the theme “Solidarity, Excellence and Diversity,” the Games of La Francophonie are the only major games that feature both sports and cultural competitions.

Approximately 3,000 athletes and artists aged 18 to 35 from member and observer states and governments of the International Organisation (available in French only) of La Francophonie participate.

The first Games were held in Morocco in 1989. Since then, the Games have been held in France in 1994, Madagascar in 1997, Canada in 2001, Niger in 2005, Lebanon in 2009, once again in France, in Nice, in 2013 and in Côte d’Ivoire in 2017. The next edition of the Games will be held in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2021.

The Comité internationale des Jeux de la Francophonie (available in French only), reporting to the  International Organisation of La Francophonie, is responsible for organizing the Games in co-operation with the host country’s national organizing committee.

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