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Journée internationale de la Francophonie

March 20, 2016 

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

OTTAWA—For 274 million Francophones across five continents, March 20 is a day to celebrate the French language and the diversity of their many cultures. This year’s theme, “Le pouvoir des mots” [the power of words] is especially relevant at a time when, regrettably, constructive dialogue is still lacking in many parts of the world, even where populations are thriving. 

Since my installation as governor general, I have been inviting Canadians to imagine ways to build a smarter, more caring society, one where everyone can succeed and contribute. In addition to enhancing the vitality of French, La Francophonie is dedicated to promoting peace, democracy and human rights. Such elements are key to achieving the vision of a better world so dear to our hearts. 

On this, the Journée internationale de la Francophonie, let us proclaim to the world how proud we are to be a part of the great family of French-speaking nations. 

David Johnston 


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