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QuickSketch of Michaelle Jean

November 30, 2014 - 9:29 AM

DAKAR, Senegal - A sketch of Michaelle Jean, who was named head of la Francophonie on Sunday:

Born — Sept. 6, 1957, in Haiti.

Canada — Moves to Quebec in 1968 as her family flee the regime of Haitian President Francois Duvalier.

Journalism — Works at Radio-Canada between 1988 and 2005.

Politics — Serves as governor general between 2005 and 2010.

UN — Named special envoy to Haiti for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010.

University — Has been chancellor of the University of Ottawa since 2012.

Languages — Speaks French, English, Italian, Spanish and Creole.

Personal — Married to filmmaker Jean-Daniel Lafond. They have one daughter, Marie-Eden

Quote — "We are fully committed to Canada.'' Jean on Aug. 17, 2005 (about two weeks after it was announced she would become governor general) amid controversy she and Lafond supported Quebec independence.

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