The Québec delegation that will participate in the 6th edition of the Jeux de la Francophonie (Francophone Games) from September 27 to October 6 in Lebanon was introduced recently by the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, and Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, Christine St-Pierre. This delegation is made up of some 70 athletes and artists who will represent Québec at the only international games where Québec is represented by its own team.
Hélène Bibeau, a member of the basketball team that will participate in the Games in September, Khalil El-Habre, Consul General of Lebanon, Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, and Justine Laberge-Vaugeois and David Bussières d'Alfa Rococo, who will participate in the song event in the cultural program of the Games.
Lebanon has generously and enthusiastically offered to host the young French-speaking participants. Québec, which has a large Lebanese community, has a special connection to this country.
The Francophone Games have a different and original organization that includes both sports and cultural events. The sports program will feature seven events, including track and field, basketball, boxing, judo, soccer, table tennis and beach volleyball. The cultural program will include song, storytelling, creative dance, literature, painting, photography and sculpture.
The Francophone Games were created at the Francophonie Summit in Quebec City in 1987. They have since been held in Casablanca, Morocco in 1989, Paris, France in 1994, Antananarivo, Madagascar in 1997, Ottawa and Hull, Canada in 2001 and Niamey, Niger in 2005. To date, 51 of the 70 member nations and governments and observers of the international organization representing francophones, known as the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), have registered for the 2009 Francophone Games.
Québec at the Francophone Games (in French)
6th Francophone Games - Beirut 2009 (in French)
Québec and La Francophonie