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16 Oct 2012

Pauline Marois received by President of French Republic

The Premier of Québec, Pauline Marois, and the President of the French Republic, François Hollande (Photo: Patrick Lazic)

Québec Premier Pauline Marois kicked off her first mission to France by holding discussions with the President of the French Republic, François Hollande. During a joint press briefing with the President, the Premier underscored Québec’s attachment to France and the desire of her government to strengthen this historic relationship even further.

“I have always said that the President would choose his words carefully and, this morning, he choose his words very carefully indeed when he said that he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with us and that our relationship of solidarity was going to continue. Québec is more than ever prepared to invest in this exceptional relationship, which belongs more to our citizens than to our governments,” said the Premier.

Ms. Marois held discussions with President Hollande on issues of common interest, such as:
  • Youth
  • Occupational mobility between Québec and France
  • The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union

Discussions on the conclusions of the Summit
The Premier and the President also discussed the conclusions of the 14th Francophonie Summit in Kinshasa, in which they both took part, notably the conclusions related to the respect of human rights and gender equality. The Premier expressed Québec’s interest in expanding its economic cooperation and solidarity ties with the Francophonie.

In the afternoon, the Premier met with the President of the French National Assembly, Claude Bartolone, and other deputies. She used the occasion to express her appreciation for the contribution of parliamentarians to exchanges between France and Québec, notably through the France-Québec friendship group.

The Premier of Québec, Pauline Marois; the President of the French Republic, François Hollande; and the Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, Jean-François Lisée (Photo: Patrick Lazic).

The Premier also met with the President of the National Assembly, Claude Bartolone (Photo: Patrick Lazic).

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