Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaFounded in 1988Trust Project news partner since

Francopresse is a digital news media organization devoted mainly to Franco-Canadian information.

By producing and distributing its content, Francopresse collaborates primarily with the network of member newspapers of Réseau.Presse, contributing to the vitality, development and integration of Canadian Francophonies by addressing the issues that affect them, challenge them, interest them and unite them.

  • Mélanie Tremblay Editor-in-Chief
Courtesy of Francopresse.

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Francopresse offers its readers daily news, investigations, analyses and comments that meet the highest standards of the journalistic profession. Francopresse serves the multiple identities of the Canadian Francophonie. Francopresse manages its own network of journalists and works in concert with the network of the Association de la presse francophone. 


Francopresse adheres to the fundamental values enshrined in the Charter for the French-language print media in Canada, namely: 

  • independence
  • impartiality
  • integrity
  • rigor
  • fairness

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Ownership & Funding

Created on April 1, 1988, by the Association de la presse francophone (now Réseau.Presse ), Francopresse is today part of a network for the production and distribution of information that contributes to consolidating and linking member newspapers of the association, citizens of Canada's French-speaking communities and all French-speaking and Francophile institutions in the country. 

Diverse Voices

In its mandate to be the watchdog of the interests of the Canadian Francophonie outside Quebec and to cover the wide range of issues confronting it, Francopresse says it offers an open and unprejudiced vision of the world which results in the multiplicity of voices heard and topics discussed. 

Despite the limited size of its editorial team and its specific mission to serve Francophone minority communities across Canada, Francopresse indicates here its determination to be as representative as it is inclusive, both in its content and in the diversity within its editorial staff (journalists, support and management).

The Canadian Francophonie outside Quebec is varied and comes in many different genders, races, ages, origins, social backgrounds and geographic locations. All of these characteristics are found in the overall production of Francopresse and, depending on the subject, constitute an inherent concern in each text – or series of texts – produced.

Similarly, and despite the difficulty of recruiting in a minority Francophone environment where communication skills are highly valued and constantly sought after, Francopresse acts to ensure inclusion within its team and eliminate any obstacle that may have a discriminatory impact on the hiring its journalists and freelancers. Francopresse uses a wide selection of recruitment channels to ensure that any risk of homogeneity in the applications received disappears.


Francopresse strives to offer its readership quality content based on rigorous research and a constant concern to provide accurate, orderly and complete information on facts and data. The only French-language media devoted primarily to Franco-Canadian information, it is resolutely committed to diligently correcting any errors or inaccuracies that may appear in the content it produces and which is broadcast on its various platforms, as well as to ensure regular updates of evolving files.

Unnamed Sources

Francopresse journalists often work within restricted communities where sensitivities are exacerbated and where anonymity is regularly requested. Francopresse considers anonymity carefully, especially before speaking out on controversial subjects. Every effort is made to ensure that unidentified sources remain exceptional cases, cases which are justified because it would not have been possible to obtain the facts otherwise. 

Francopresse journalists are instructed to always clearly identify themselves as information professionals with the people and organizations with which they come into contact in the course of their duties. A clear explanation should be given to sources.


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