During an evening reception held to underline International Francophone Day, celebrated on March 20, Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, awarded the Prix Reconnaissance–Francophonie 2010 to Denise Bombardier.
Last year’s recipient of the award was Jean-Pierre Ferland. The Prix Reconnaissance–Francophonie is bestowed each year on a Québec personality in recognition of his or her exceptional contribution to promoting the French language and francophone culture internationally.
According to Minister Arcand, “Denise Bombardier defends the importance of the French language with conviction. She expresses herself and writes magnificently, and this not only bears witness to her talent: it shows her respect for French. She is a passionate, eloquent promoter of French.”
Prior to the event, Minister Arcand tabled a motion in the National Assembly highlighting International Francophone Day and the 40th anniversary of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). He also paid tribute to Denise Bombardier on this occasion.
The medal-winners from the most recent Francophone Games were also introduced during the reception. Thanks in part to their excellent performances in Lebanon in the fall of 2009, Québec enjoys a high profile in the francophone world. The Francophone Games stand out from other international competitive events by featuring a combination of sports and culture.
Québec is a founding member of the OIF. The multilateral organization is a forum in which Québec can voice its positions within La Francophonie, promote the use of French within its borders and around the world, and position itself and enhance its influence on the world stage.
Francophone celebrations organized by Québec government offices abroad (in French)
Québec and La Francophonie
Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (in French)