Tour de la Francophonie: Madagascar
The train to Fiana:
crossing bridges and divides
with Koléane Foxonet
Friday 10 Sep. 12-1pm
Join Koléane live from France for a Zoom presentation about the spectacular journey on the Fianarantsoa-Côte Est (FCE) railway of Madagascar, featuring no less than 48 tunnels, 67 bridges and four viaducts. The train crosses areas not accessible by road and is a lifeline for local communities who use it to trade and travel.
Massive, hilly Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world.
Madagascar is home to plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. Among its resident animals are more than half the world’s chameleons and dozens of species of lemur.
The island was a French colony from 1897 until 1968 and then gained full independence on 26 June 1960.
The country's economy is based largely on agriculture, mining, fishing, and clothes production. One of Madagascar's best known products is vanilla, which comes from an orchid and is used for flavoring.
Despite relatively high vanilla prices, the average Malagasy makes around $1 US per day, while 70% of the 27 million Malagasies live below the world poverty line.
Malagasy is the official and most commonly spoken language in Madagascar. French is also an official language and an important language in higher education and business.
Koléane Foxonet was born in Betroka, Southern Madagascar, and grew up in the capital Antananarivo. She left the island at 19 to pursue her studies in Europe and obtained a Master's Degree in African Studies from Sorbonne University.
Determined to support development in her home country, Koléane is also passionate about photography. Combining both interests, she started to share her documentary photographic projects about life in Madagascar with Alliance Française chapters in 2018.
Together with a group of friends, she also started an NGO called "African Investment & Mobilization." Among other projects, the non profit has helped provide water pumps in her mother's native town of Beapombo in the Central Highlands of Ihorombe region, in the South of the island.
This event is free for all
The Zoom link will be emailed
the day prior to the event