Léo Coupal-Lafleur Wins the Grand Prix Antidote de l’éloquence
Mr. Léo Coupal-Lafleur was awarded the Grand Prix Antidote de l’éloquence at the final of the Délie ta langue ! public speaking competition, which took place at Université de Montréal yesterday. This prize, sponsored by Druide informatique, includes a scholarship of $5,000 to recognize the exceptional oratory performance of the young university student.
Organized by the Bureau de la valorisation de la langue française et de la Francophonie de l’Université de Montréal, the Délie ta langue ! contest aims to promote use of the French language in a positive, original and dynamic way. The initiative also allows contestants to develop their oratory and public speaking skills. The contest is open to all undergraduate students at Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Rimouski.
The finalists were required to give a presentation on a French expression. A third-year sociology student, Mr. Coupal-Lafleur chose the expression être né pour un petit pain. He charmed the jury with the way he celebrated the words, and the intelligence shown in his thinking.
Three other finalists were also awarded prizes at the end of this exciting competition. Each recipient received a copy of Antidote 10, the celebrated language software developed by Druide informatique.
Ms. Marie-France Bazzo, producer and presenter, chaired the jury in charge of hearing and evaluating the finalists. She was joined by former administrator of Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and Quebec’s Delegate General in Paris, Mr. Clément Duhaime, actress Ms. Marie-Thérèse Fortin, journalist Mr. Djavan Habel-Thurton, and rapper Sarahmée. The jury was aided by Radio-Canada’s top language advisor, Mr. Guy Bertrand, in evaluating the quality of the language used in the presentations.
At the event, two finalists competed in a friendly quiz hosted by Chairman and CEO of Druide informatique, Mr. André d’Orsonnens. The two competitors put their knowledge of the French language to the test, supported by the audience participating on Zoom. Ms. Karolinka Drouin, second-year law student at Université de Montréal, won the match and received a copy of the new Antidote+ Personal plan.
Druide informatique produces and markets Antidote, the most comprehensive writing assistance software suite available for English and French, as well as Typing Pal, the renowned typing tutorial application. The company is also the creator of WebElixir, a quality assurance service for websites, while its subsidiary, Éditions Druide, specializes in the publication of French-language literature and reference works.
In the photo: André d’Orsonnens, Chairman and CEO of Druide informatique; Léo-Coupal Lafleur, winner of the Grand Prix Antidote de l’éloquence; Monique Cormier, Associate Vice-Rector for French Language and Director of the Bureau de valorisation de la langue française et de la Francophonie de l’Université de Montréal; Marie-France Bazzo, producer and presenter.