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Moore reassures francophones they will get French services at Vancouver Olympics

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MONTREAL - The federal minister responsible for official languages sought to reassure francophones on Friday they will get broadcast services in French at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Earlier this week, Graham Fraser, the official languages commissioner, expressed concern about access to French at the Summer Games and the Paralympics.

Fraser said he was concerned about the broadcasting by a five-network consortium made up of CTVglobemedia and Rogers on the English side and French-language networks TQS, RDS and RIS.

But federal Heritage Minister James Moore pointed out in Montreal that 97 per cent of Canadians will still have access to Olympic broadcasts in the language of their choice.

He added that other efforts will also be made to deal with coverage of the official opening ceremony and the relay of the Olympic torch.

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