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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]


Paul Rabbat

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 13 October 2019

Sustainable development — Federal states — Sovereignty

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Credited to French geographer Onésisme Reclus (1837–1916), the term ‘francophonie’ was coined in the latter 19th century for the purpose of designating the geographical areas occupied by States/peoples having in common the usage of the French language. Bolstered by its use in the 1962 landmark publication ‘Esprit’, ‘francophonie’ superseded alternate appellations describing the same reality such as ‘Francitude’, ‘Commonwealth francophone’, and ‘Commonwealth À la française’. Nowadays the term ‘Francophonie’ is commonly employed as the colloquial short form for...
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