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22 Nov 2012

Mission to France by Minister Jean-François Lisée to focus on youth

Ministre Jean-François Lisée discusses with Ministre Valérie Fourneyron and Frédéric Lefret, Secretary-General for OFQJ - France.

Québec City, November 21, 2012 – Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade Jean-François Lisée will carry out a mission to Paris on November 22. He will be accompanied by the MNA for Laval-des-Rapides and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier, Léo Bureau-Blouin.

Minister Lisée will meet with the French Minister of Sports, Youth, Non-Formal Education and Voluntary Organizations, Valérie Fourneyron. The two ministers will co-chair the 58th meeting of the OFQJ (France-Québec Youth Office) board of directors, along with the organization’s directors in Québec and France, Alfred Pilon and Frédéric Lefret.

The OFQJ is a key element in the institutional framework of France-Québec relations and plays an important role in strengthening youth-related ties. Since its creation in 1968, the OFQJ has provided opportunities for over 150,000 young people in Québec and France to take part in exchange initiatives, thereby helping to bring the two nations closer together. Last year alone, nearly 4,000 youths benefited from professional development and advancement programs in the economic, cultural and social sectors.

Last October in Paris, the Premier of Québec and Prime Minister of France laid the groundwork for a new phase in relations based on innovation and creativity, particularly in the areas of youth, culture and the economy. The 17th alternating meeting of the Premier and Prime Minister will take place in Québec in early 2013.

Office France-Québec pour la jeunesse (in French)

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