"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."