First official mission to Europe: Minister Christine St-Pierre begins a new chapter in relations between France and Québec under the themes of mobility, employment and youth

QUÉBEC CITY, June 20, 2014 - The Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Christine St-Pierre, is heading up the first ministerial-led mission to Europe from June 21 to 25 since the formation of the government. This contact with the authorities of France and the Francophonie will help make progress in addressing the priority issues of Québec’s international relations and to present the government’s new directions and policies.

The Minister will hold discussions with her counterpart, Laurent Fabius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, in order to prepare the visit to Québec by the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, which will be a milestone in bilateral relations. A meeting with the Minister of Women’s Rights, Cities, Youth and Sports, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, with whom Minister Christine co-chairs the Board of Directors of the Office-franco-québécois pour la jeunesse, is also on the agenda. She will also meet with the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Tourism Promotion and French Overseas, Fleur Pellerin. The Minister will address the Groupe d’amitié France-Québec of the French National Assembly and will meet with members of the Groupe d’amitié interparlementaire of the French Senate.

“Québec’s attachment to its direct, special relationship with France is not only rooted in history but also in the unceasing desire to see our two societies share their future. Youth, occupational and student mobility, higher education and research, culture and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union are a few of the themes of the mission. With the approach of the Dakar Summit, I would also like to reiterate Québec’s commitment to the Francophonie and to underscore our interest in seeing the Francophonie adopt an economic strategy,” said Minister Christine St-Pierre.

In this respect, the Minister will meet with IOF Secretary-General Abdou Diouf to take stock of the issues and preparations relating to the 15th Summit of the Francophonie, which will be held in the Senegalese capital in November.

Lastly, Minister Christine St-Pierre and key Québec stakeholders in France will attend the celebrations of the Fête nationale du Québec in the French capital as well as Nuit Boréale during the Fête de la Musique. She will also visit the tribute to Félix Leclerc at the Bibliothèque nationale de France on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the artist.

The Minister will be accompanied by a political attachée and the Assistant Deputy Minister for Francophone and Multilateral Policies and Affairs of the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie.

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Source :
Florent Tanlet
Press Attachée
Office of the Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie
418 649-2319

Information :
Philippe Hébert
Communications Counsellor
Direction des communications et affaires publiques
Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur
418 649-2400, ext. 56009

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