Former President of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and former President of France Jacques Chirac met recently to discuss cooperation between their language foundations. Finnbogadóttir accepted a seat on the honorary council of Fondation Chirac.
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
Similarly, Chirac agreed to support the development of The Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages, Morgunbladid reports.
The purpose of both institutes is to raise awareness for the importance of languages for the culture and complexity of the human race.
At their meeting the two former presidents discussed possible cooperation in various fields, for example in language research, the dissemination of information in different languages, the making of lexicons and the preservation of languages.
The meeting was held in Paris as part of the promotion of The Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages in France. The institute operates within the University of Iceland.
The meeting was also attended by Rozenn Milin from Fondation Chirac and Ásdís R. Magnúsdóttir, Jóhanna B. Gudjónsdóttir and Torfi H. Tulinius from the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages.