March 13, 2013 - Ottawa - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, meets his French counterpart, Ms. Yamina Benguigui, Minister Delegate for Francophony attached to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The meeting took place as part of the official visit of Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Prime Minister of the French Republic, to Canada.
Canada and France share a priority for La Francophonie in 2013: the development of an economic strategy, in accordance with a decision taken at the Kinshasa Summit. This work has already started. The two countries will also be active in getting ready for the next Francophonie Games, an important event that France will host in Nice in September.
Canada and France are two pillars of La Francophonie. Members of the International Organization of La Francophonie since its founding in 1970, Canada and France together contribute nearly 75 percent of its budget. The two countries defend the same principles: a political role for La Francophonie, the promotion of democracy and respect for human rights among member countries, and the defence of the role of the French language and of cultural diversity internationally.