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Canadian to head bloc of French-speaking countries

November 30, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Canadian has been named secretary-general of the International Organization of the Francophonie, a group of mostly French-speaking countries, many of them former French colonies.

At a summit Sunday in Senegal, leaders from the bloc’s member-states selected Michaelle Jean, who will be the first woman to lead the organization.

Jean, who is originally from Haiti, is a former journalist and was Canada’s governor general — the British queen’s representative in that country — from 2005 to 2010.

At a news conference at the end of the summit, Jean promised to focus on economic cooperation to promote growth among the bloc’s members.

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