Michaelle Jean, First Haitian and Woman to lead "la Francophonie"

PHOTO: Michaelle Jean at the Primature
Former Haitian governor-general of Canada, Michaelle Jean, was chosen Sunday after intense debate as the new head of the union of French-speaking nations known as "la Francophonie"... Congratulations Michaelle Jean...

Jean, who served as governor-general from 2005 to 2010, is the first woman and first non-African to be named secretary general of the International Organisation of la Francophonie (OIF).

A former Radio-Canada journalist whose family fled Haiti when she was a child, Jean was chosen by leaders attending a two-day summit of the French-speaking nations in Dakar, Senegal, after what diplomats described as "intense discussions" between leaders.

The 57-year-old steps into the shoes of former Senegalese president Abdou Diouf, who held the job for 12 years, after taking over from Egypt's Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

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Rev Jean Rhau As a Haitian, I am very proud to see her in that position. "La Francophonie" is not la "Cacophonie" if you know what I mean, Congratulations!I have... see more
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