Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ex-Governor General Michaelle Jean Inks Deal for French Language at 2012 Games: Former GG Inks Deal for French at 2010 Games

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ex-Governor General Michaelle Jean Inks Deal for French Language at 2012 Games: Former GG Inks Deal for French at 2010 Games

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QUEBEC CITY, Que. - Former governor general Michaelle Jean joined the head of the London Olympics on Thursday to sign an agreement on how French will be used at this summer's Games.

Jean is representing the international organization of Francophone states who have inked a deal with the Games since 2004 on the use of French, which is one of the two official languages of the Olympic movement.

Negotiations for the London deal had been lengthy, due to what Jean had earlier called a reluctance on their part to accept that French had a major role to play at the Games.

But the deal signed Thursday was heralded by both sides.

It sets out the areas where French must be used, including on billboards, in communication with athletes and in services.

Among its components are the deployment of French-speaking Facebook moderators who will help London organizers make sure their social media communications are in both languages.

Jean signed the agreement with London Games CEO Sebastien Coe, who addressed the mostly Francophone crowd in Quebec City entirely in English. …

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