Date of Publication


Degree Type

Honors Thesis


Modern Languages and Cultures

First Advisor

Donna Wilkerson-Barker, Associate Professor, French


This paper will discuss la francophonie as the French response to globalization. Originating during a period of deep cultural and political transformation for the French nation, the Francophone community today has developed into an alternative to the Anglo‐Saxon political and cultural model. Through an examination of French national identity, we will look at how la francophonie serves as a vehicle in the promotion of French cultural values even while it maintains the French cultural influence in an international context.