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Jean-Gabriel CASTEL 1928-2023
Young Veteran - Lawyer - Teacher - Writer 

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The jurist Jean-Gabriel Castel, professor of international law at Osgoode Hall and Glendon, died on December 30 in Toronto, aged 95. Born in Nice between the wars, he left his mark on the 20th and 21st centuries, through his social commitment, his courage and his qualities as a law professor, notably in Toronto.

Living in Canada since 1954, he is a former Resistance fighter, war veteran, professor emeritus, lawyer and world-renowned expert in international law.

Generous husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Despite his young age, he joined the Resistance in 1943.

On August 28, 1944, he contributed to the liberation of Nice by fighting in the ranks of the Resistance. His actions were rewarded with the Médaille du Combattant Volontaire de la Résistance (1945), the Croix du Combattant (1945), the Médaille Commémorative de la Guerre 1939-1945, the Croix du Combattant de l'Europe (1993) and the Médaille d'honneur de la Fédération des AnciensCombattants.

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Photo lors de la commémoration de Vimy à Toronto, en avril 2023. Source : Français du Monde Toronto

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April 9, 2024 – 107th anniversary (1917) of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.


April 14 2024 – 10:55 a.m. – Commemorative ceremony of the Battle of Vimy Ridge held at Toronto City Hall and organized by the Souvenir Français in Canada


April 21,2024 – 42nd anniversary (1982) of the creation of the National Defense Medal, a French military decoration


April 24, 2024 – The National Day of Remembrance of the Victims and Heroes of the Deportation (National ceremony) – Last Sunday in April.


AMICITIA FRANCE-CANADA launches its 3rd annual art competition.

Dr André M. Levesque appointed to the Order of Ontario.


The Amicitia France-Canada Monument has been nominated for the Prix de l'horizon franco-ontarien awarded by the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario (AFO).

Christophe Raisonnier has been named Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour.

The monument

AMICITIA France-Canada is the national monument that is erected in Ottawa at the Beechwood National Cemetery to recognize more than four centuries of shared history and heritage and over 90 years of official diplomatic relations between France and Canada.

Beyond the timeless memorial, Amicitia wants to entrust to future generations, through their civic engagement, the mission of keeping alive our unique fraternal friendship between France and Canada.

AMICITIA France-Canada
 A monument born of a shared history and a shared heritage

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