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Ex Canada governor-general Jean to head French-speaking bloc

Michaelle Jean, pictured at her office in Ottowa in October, is to head the union of French-speaking nations, la francophonieCanada’s onetime governor-general Michaelle Jean, a former journalist born in Haiti, was chosen Sunday after intense debate as the new head of the union of French-speaking nations known as “la Francophonie”. 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.

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