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Message from Québec’s minister of international relations on the occasion of International Day of La Francophonie

We would now draw your attention to the message from Québec’s minister of international relations and minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, to mark International Day of La Francophonie on March 20, 2008. “On March 20, La Francophonie—a cultural, political, economic, and educational organization—will be celebrating its shared wealth in French, a language that brings us together and unites us. This celebration will have additional meaning in Québec in 2008, as it will mark four centuries of French presence in the Americas, four centuries of discoveries that have molded the Québec identity, four centuries of sharing that have shaped our nation.”

Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay went on to note that the Government of Québec would be honored to welcome delegations from the 67 other states and governments who share the French language and have chosen Québec City for their upcoming summit. “As the only multilateral organization of which Québec is a full member, La Francophonie is an excellent forum for sharing, a forum in which Québec’s expertise is given its full importance. In this perspective, the Government of Québec wants to revitalize and modernize the 12th Summit of La Francophonie by tackling three issues, namely the environment, governance and democracy, and the French language. I invite you to join with your neighbors and celebrate International Day of La Francophonie with pride!”