Mission to Paris by Premier Jean Charest
Mr. Charest and Mr. Diouf in Paris (Photo : ©Patrick Lazic)
Québec Premier Jean Charest ended a three-day mission to Paris on March 16 with a lecture at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI). He addressed an audience of about 200 people on the topic “Québec on the international scene: issues and perspectives.”
Meeting with Abdou Diouf
Mr. Charest also met with the Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie, Abdou Diouf. The two men discussed the French Language World Forum scheduled for July 2 to 6, 2012 in Québec City. “This will be an opportunity to talk about the French language in an environment different from that of summits,” said Mr. Charest. “We will discuss the scientific and cultural sectors, as well as the use of French by international organizations.” Mr. Diouf confirmed that he will attend the event in its entirety.
Special performance of Belles-sœurs
That evening, the Premier attended a special performance of Belles-Soeurs, the Musical at the Théâtre du Rond-Point in Paris. Numerous key figures from Québec’s and France’s political, economic and cultural communities attended. In his address, Mr. Charest noted the importance of Michel Tremblay’s play: “In Québec dramaturgy, there is a before and after Les Belles-Soeurs.” The play has been translated into over 20 languages and staged in 25 countries since its creation in 1968. It is performed more than any other Québec play. Directed by René Richard Cyr and with a musical score by Daniel Bélanger, the all-Québec production runs in Paris through April 7.