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Journée internationale de la Francophonie

March 20, 2017

Message from the Governor General on the Occasion
of the Journée internationale de la Francophonie

OTTAWA— Every year, March 20 marks the Journée internationale de la Francophonie. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada, I am proud that our great nation is a member of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF).

The common thread that connects all 84 member States and governments of the OIF is the French language, in addition to our shared commitment to promoting peace, democracy and human rights. This commitment underpins the remarkable spirit of co‑operation that exists between us.

On this festive day, discover or learn more about the French language and francophone culture through contests, performances and festivals. This is an opportunity for 274 million people across five continents to celebrate the language we share and the diversity of cultures evolving within the Francophone world.

I invite Canadians and francophiles everywhere to take part in the many activities being held around the world.


David Johnston




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