Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praises Michaelle Jean at Francophonie summit

Rwanda Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo.

Rwanda Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo. LUDOVIC MARIN AFP Getty Images

But Michaelle Jean, the former governor general and current holder of the top job at the worldwide body, showed no signs of abandoning her candidacy despite losing the support of her home country and province.

She is facing strong competition from Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Michaelle Jean at the headquarters of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie in Paris, France, April 16, 2018.

Jean has been secretary general of the organization since 2014.

Mushikiwabo had the support of France and several African Union countries going into the summit, and both Canada and Quebec said they would back the "consensus candidate", pulling their support for Jean earlier this week.

"At a moment when we march toward the 50th anniversary of la Francophonie, lets ask ourselves here in Yerevan, in all conscience and in all responsibility, on which side of history do we want to be", Jean said.

In a speech today at the Francophonie summit, Jean urged representatives of member nations not to allow worldwide organizations to be used for partisan purposes.

But, Jean has refused to back down despite her chances of securing another term being described as slim.

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The Rwandan government, of which Mushikiwabo is a high-ranking member, has been accused by various humanitarian groups of flouting democratic rights and press freedoms.

The francophone organization now includes 84 states and governments - the vast majority from Africa.

Trudeau and Jean had a one-on-one meeting upon the prime minister's arrival in Yerevan but no details were released. French President Emmanuel Macron has backed her, but four former French ministers responsible for the la Francophonie signed an open letter last month saying Mushikiwabo has no place at the head of the organization.

La Francophonie is holding the summit this week in Armenia, where they are expected to select a new secretary general.

"I think it was outright wrong", Kagame said of Jean's message. The French-Armenian singer died October 1.

A big part of the concert will be dedicated to famed French singer Charles Aznavour, the son of Armenian immigrants who died on October 1 at the age of 94.

"In the days following his death, francophones and francophiles of the world united in mourning through his work".

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