Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and 200 members of the Francophone community today celebrated at the Mayor’s seventh annual Francophone Rendezvous, the 100th anniversary of LeDroit newspaper, one of the most enduring and key media organizations in our National Capital Region.

Mayor Watson acknowledged the critical role LeDroit has played over the years in news reporting and coverage of issues impacting the Francophone community, and used the opportunity to make a special proclamation acknowledging the newspapers’ status and role in the community.

“LeDroit newspaper has been a pillar of the Francophone community for the last 100 years. We are proud to highlight the existence of this great daily newspaper in Ottawa’s Francophone landscape”, said Mayor Watson.

Special guests at the annual Francophone Rendezvous included a number of local politicians, community leaders and Mr. Jacques Pronovost, President and Editor of LeDroit newspaper, as well as LeDroit’s reporters, editors and former contributors.

Mr. Pronovostsaid: “LeDroit is proud of its Franco-Ontarian roots, proud of the commitment of its staff over the last hundred years to defending the rights of Francophones, and it is still just as committed today to defending and promoting the use of the French language in Ontario and in the National Capital Region. LeDroit is also proud of taking part in cultural, social, economic, and political life in Ottawa and in eastern Ontario by keeping French-speaking citizens informed every day and by putting their legitimate concerns at the forefront of the news.”

March 27, 2013 will be the pivotal point in celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of LeDroit which was founded on March 27, 1913.

“Like many Ottawa residents, reading LeDroit is part of my daily morning routine and the paper continues to be current, modern and relevant with an electronic version which is regularly viewed by close to 20,000 people every week, which is impressive”, added the Mayor.