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Mauritius: The former Nobel Prize for literature, Jean-Marie Le Clézio, supported the candidature of Jean-Claude de L'Estrac to the position of Secretary General of the OIF




A collective bringing together twenty thinkers, writers and artists has recently published a forum of support in the French newspaper Le Monde i n favour of the nomination of the Mauritian Jean-Claude de L'Estrac, and current Secretary general of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC *) as Secretary-General of the international organisation of la Francophonie (OIF), as reported by the newspaper L'Express of Mauritius.
 
Under the title "Designate a Mauritian at the head of la francophonie", the collective forum and wants to support this application "because at the image of a David fighting against Goliath in the modern world it assembles its symbolic force, millions of women and men who share the French language.”
 
"It is with this idea that we now rely on the candidature of Mauritius to drive the future of the OIF. In less than half a century, this island-carrefour gave birth to a laboratory both of living together of multiple social groups and preservation of cultural diversity within a State democratic, respectful of the rights of man and the beliefs of each. It is the country that however makes intercultural ideal a constant quest. Modern because plural, Mauritius, by its loyalty to the French and its practice of English and Asian languages, builds a bridge between Africa, Europe, the India and China. It brings in the 21st century the image of an original and decomplexed francophonie, resolutely open and happy to exist, stripped of the colonial shackles. We therefore believe that this Mauritius candidature, embodied by a personality with many talents, expresses the positive summary of the world in motion. It is the promise of a mobilising project for women and men of our country who expect a lot of globalisation respectful of what they are" highlight also the drafters of this forum, which among them inter alia the writer and Nobel Prize for literature in 2008 Jean-Marie Le Clézio and scientist and former Secretary general of UNESCO, Federico Mayor.
 
As a reminder, Jean-Claude de L'Estrac is in contention since last March to succeed the former Senegalese president, Abdou Diouf, head of the ILO composed of 77 Member countries.
 
Jean-Claude de L'Estrac is seeking the general secretariat of la Francophonie on the occasion of the Summit of the Francophonie in Dakar Senegal on 29 and 30 November 2014.
 
 * Union of the Comoros, Reunion, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Seychelles
 
 



Fabrice François


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