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24 Jun 2013

Street party in Paris

Québec musician Jean-Guy Deraspe captivated the crowd in the courtyard of the Québec Government Office in Paris. (Photo © Gaétan Philippe Beaulière)

True to its tradition, the Québec Government Office in Paris (DGQP) organized a major street party in Paris on Friday, June 22 to mark Québec’s National Holiday.

Quebecers and friends of Québec gathered in the 16th arrondissement to celebrate Québec on rue Pergolèse, which was closed to traffic for the occasion. Singer-songwriter Jean-Guy Deraspe got the crowd swinging with his traditional Québec music.

A selection of Québec beers and poutine were served to the approximately 300 people present. It was a great opportunity to connect with anyone who in one way or another is interested in Québec.

Earlier in the day, the Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, and the Delegate General in Paris, Michel Robitaille, welcomed key figures from the diplomatic, political, economic and cultural communities, who had come to show their attachment to Québec on its National Holiday.

Québec National Holiday... in Saint-Malo, too!

A big celebration also took place at Québec House in Saint-Malo on June 23 and 24.

Artist André Michel gave a presentation on the fifteen years he spent living with the Innu in Québec’s Côte-Nord region. It was a unique experience to listen to him talk about the lifestyle of his friends in nature, their customs, wisdom, spirituality and future.

Next, writer-composer-performer Claud Michaud accompanied himself on the guitar as he sang songs by Félix Leclerc. On Sunday, June 24, the Troupe en Suspension performed Orphelinades, a collective creation combining poetry, music, acrobatics and theatre.

Balloons and makeup delighted the children while adults enjoyed local products from Québec available at a general store.

Québec House in Saint-Malo
(in French)
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