Niger leader launches Francophonie week

Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger President Mamadou Tandja has officially launched the National Francophonie Week the government initiated to intensify preparations and the mobilisation of the people to make the 5th Francophonie Games slated for December in the country a resounding success.
"During the weeklong event, everyone's energy and attention will have to contribute in magnifying the enthusiasm of our people and highlight our common and strong will to meet this challenge," Tandja said.
He urged youths to "make a greater effort in the vast mobilisation required by the event.
" Some 10,000 participants, including 3,000 artists and athletes, are expected here for the event.
Niger and its northern Francophonie partners will equally contribute 6.
95 billion FCFA needed to organise the games.
Niger will use the 35,000-seat Seyni Kountche Multipurpose Stadium and a 3,000-seat sports centre, both being renovated by the People's Republic of China government, at a cost of over one billion FCFA.
Beijing is also building a martial arts academy for the country which should be ready in time for the games.

16 february 2005 10:25:00

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