On the 24th of September, the OSGeo Board accepted the formal creation of the [http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Francophone Francophone Local Chapter]. This is the first step toward a strong and stable [http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Local_Chapters Local Chapter] and the next few months will see the creation of a legal association (OSGeo-fr) in order to increase its strength.
This Local Chapter aims to help address internationalization and localization issues in software and documentation, as well as consider specific Francophone problems while promoting OSGeo, GFOSS, open standards and free data.
The mailing list of the Francophone Local Chapter is a community of more than 115 subscribers from at least 8 different countries (including France, Switzerland, Canada, Belgium, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, New-Caledonia, Italia), and the Francophone Local Chapter wiki category counts 54 articles.
Find more information about this Local Chapter on the [http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Francophone wiki page] or [http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/francophone mailing list].