A group of over 300 participants composed of some one hundred local elected officials from France and Québec and their socio-economic and associative partners met in Lévis from May 26 to 28 for the 5th Assises franco-québécoises de la coopération décentralisée (France-Québec decentralized cooperation proceedings).
The 5th edition of the Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ) Award Ceremony was held at the National Assembly on May 28 to recognize the excellence of 12 international youth mobility projects. The Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, Jean-François Lisée, presented the Grand Prix LOJIQ 2013 for creativity and innovation to Christian Goudreau.
The Maison du Québec in Saint-Malo will be open from May 8 to August 31, 2013. It will host cultural events featuring music, cinema, theatre, dance, literature and much more, and will give tourists and Saint-Malo residents alike the chance to discover Québec culture all summer long.
A true highpoint on the agenda of regional governments, the “Assises franco-québécoises de la coopération décentralisée” brings together local and regional elected officials from Québec and France with a view to better coordinating their cooperation actions.
The University of Sherbrooke and the XLIM-SIC (Signal, Image and Communications) Laboratory of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) affiliated with the University of Poitiers have developed a tool that allows neurologists to better interpret data on patients with neurodegenerative diseases.
The ninth edition of the Rostros de la Francofonía (“Faces of La Francophonie”) festival was held in Mexico from March 11 to 23, 2013. In keeping with the values of La Francophonie, which is committed to democracy and free speech, the theme of this year’s festival was “Express yourself freely in French.”
Following the 17th alternating meeting of the Premier of Québec and the Prime Minister of France held in Québec City recently, the 64th session of the Commission permanente de coopération franco-québécoise (CPCFQ: France-Québec Permanent Cooperation Commission) took place in Paris on March 20 and 21.
On March 19, Jacques Chagnon, the President of the National Assembly and Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie bestowed insignias of the Order of La Pléiade on eleven prominent Quebecers from different walks of life. Minister Jean-François Lisée was named a Knight of the Order.
Created in 1933 in memory of French journalist Albert Londres, known as the inventor of modern investigative journalism, the Albert Londres Prize is awarded each year to the best francophone written-press reporter and, since 1985, to the best francophone audiovisual reporter. This year’s prizes will be presented in May. For the first time ever, the awards ceremony will be held in Montréal.
The Premier of Québec, Pauline Marois, will welcome the Prime Minister of the French Republic, Jean-Marc Ayrault, to Québec on March 14 and 15 for the 17th Alternating Meeting of the Premier of Québec and the Prime Minister of France.
Minister Jean-François Lisée announced the creation of a committee this morning mandated to consider what should constitute a Québec international solidarity agency (Agence québécoise de solidarité internationale - AQSI).
Québec Premier Pauline Marois will participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, from January 23 to 26 before undertaking a mission to the United Kingdom accompanied by the Minister for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs, the Canadian Francophonie and Sovereignist Governance, Alexandre Cloutier.