Canada, Quebec withdraw support for former governor-general to head la Francophonie

Former governor-general Michaelle Jean is expected to react this morning to news that the governments of Canada and Quebec have both withdrawn their support for her bid to remain atop la Francophonie.

Instead, they're backing Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo for secretary-general of the international organization of French-speaking nations.

The ex-governor general has held the position since 2014, but she was considered a long shot to keep her position after France and the African Union publicly backed Mushikiwabo.

Quebec premier-designate Francois Legault tweeted yesterday that his government would not support Jean and would join what he called the ``African consensus.''

A spokesman for the federal minister responsible for la Francophonie, Melanie Joly, said in an email that Canada would also support the ``consensus'' candidate.

Jean's spokesman says we can expect to hear her reaction sometime this morning.

She has been dogged by accusations of excessive spending during her time as head of la Francophonie.