Québec-France relations are epitomized by the special diplomatic channel formed by the Québec Government Office in Paris and the Consulate General of France in Quebec City, which allows the two governments to communicate directly with each other.
Québec Government Office in Paris
Inaugurated on October 5, 1961 by Jean Lesage, the Premier of Québec at that time, and André Malraux, then Minister of State for Cultural Affairs of the French Republic, the "Maison du Québec" played a key role in building modern relations between France and Québec. In 1964, it became the Québec Government Office in Paris (DGQP) and was granted most of the diplomatic privileges and immunities that are normally accorded to embassies, which is a testament to the exceptional character of the relations between France and Québec. In 2011, the DGQP celebrated its 50th anniversary by creating a spectacular program of political, economic, cultural and scientific activities.
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The Direction France is the organizational unit of the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie (MRIF) that acts as a liaison between the DGQP and the Consulate General of France. It coordinates the activities of the government, its departments and agencies on French territory. It oversees all relations with the French government and its representatives in Québec that are deemed appropriate by the Québec government.
Consulate General of France in Quebec City
The Consulate General of France in Quebec City is responsible for relations between France and Québec. For that purpose, it maintains direct, regular relations with Québec authorities. The Consulate General of France in Quebec City manages all aspects of the relations between France and Québec within the entire territory of Québec. A portion of its staff is assigned to Montreal, where another Consulate General of France is located.
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