CODOFIL unveils custom number plates to encourage Francophone identity

Thursday, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) unveiled the new Francophone custom number plates, according to a news release.

The number plates feature the Louisiana rose on a landscape with the words Chez nous autres meaning "Our Home". Designed by the late Paul Richards, a French lecturer for the Department of Education, the number plates purchase not only exhibits Louisiana and Francophone pride, it also benefits French immersion.

"Our educational and awareness campaigns are designed to advance CODOFIL�s vision of giving the French-speaking communities of Louisiana the means necessary to live their lives in French," said Codofil Director David Cheramie. Cheramie encouraged residents to purchase the number plates to show pride in their historic French community�s while enhancing their future.

The plates will be available at the Department of Motor Vehicles offices throughout Louisiana in July. They may also be ordered now through the Office of Motor Vehicles by calling (225) 925-6371 or by visiting any DMV office. The initial cost of the number plates with a number assigned by the Department of Motor Vehicles is at least $70.25, the annual renewal fee is $40 with a portion of each fee being donated to French immersion.

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