Statement on International day of la Francophonie

"Today la Francophonie is being celebrated in Canada and all over the world.

International Francophonie Day is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity and cultural richness of the French-speaking community in Quebec, Canada and around the world.

At over 274 million people, la Francophonie nurtures a great deal of innovation, not only through its cultural exchanges, but increasingly through economic and scientific cooperation. Internationally, it also plays a fundamental role in promoting democracy, peace and human rights.

Today we recognize all those individuals and organizations that contribute to maintaining a vibrant French culture around the world.

Canadians are at the heart of la Francophonie and are proud to celebrate this important part of our culture and heritage."