The postage stamp portrays the legendary French-Armenian singer, composer, actor, public figure and the National Hero of Armenia Charles Aznavour (born Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian) and the souvenir sheet depicts a fragment of the picture of Charles Aznavour's concert which took place on the Republic Square of Yerevan on September 30, 2006.
African countries make up the bulk of the 54 states and member governments that voted Friday.
"La Francophonie must be the space that fights for the rights of women, and I want to salute the work that was done by Michaelle Jean, to whom I pay tribute, who strongly mobilized in this fight", Macron said near the end of his opening remarks. "She thinks she's the best to continue in this job, and she's convinced that she will be able on Friday morning, when she meets with the heads of state, to change their minds".
The minister is on the ballot for the post of Secretary General of Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and the vote will be cast today at the summit for the body in Yerevan, Armenia.
"The process of selection and appointment of the secretary general is in crisis, as demonstrated by the psychodrama the organization was plunged into for a week", said Coulon, who was adviser to former global affairs minister Stephane Dion.
But, Jean has refused to back down despite her chances of securing another term being described as slim. Sources said the Canadian government tried unsuccessfully to convince Jean that re-election was improbable.
Both Ottawa and the Quebec government withdrew their support for Jean this week. He said it was time for "a new style of management" in the organization.
A spokesman for federal minister responsible for la Francophonie, Melanie Joly, said today in an email that Canada would rally around the consensus. Quebecor media outlets reported she spent $500,000 renovating her rented Paris residence, as well as $20,000 on a piano.
France is seen as wanting to support the Rwandan candidate to gain favour in Africa where its influence is waning to the advantage of China and others.
If elected, her mandate will include steering the 84-member organisation towards its objectives to promoting French language and cultural and linguistic diversity, promote peace, democracy and human rights and supporting education, training, higher education and scientific research.
Asked if Macron's backing of Mushikiwabo pointed to improved ties between the two countries, a French presidency official said: "His support deepens the dialogue between the two presidents but it will not be the act that leads to a normalization of relations".
- with files from Sidhartha Banerjee in Montreal.