The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Grand témoin de la Francophonie for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), signed an agreement in Québec City at the 10th SportAccord Convention in Québec City on the use of French during these summer games. Gilbert Felli, IOC Executive Director for the Olympic Games, attended the signing.
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Governor General of Canada from 2005 to 2010, Michaëlle Jean was mandated by the Secretary-General of La Francophonie, Abdou Diouf, to ensure that the French language would be used in accordance with the requirements specified in the host city’s contract.
French: one of two official languages
French and English are the two official languages of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Games.
The agreement sets out the measures to be taken to ensure French is used during the London Games, including: