This is the first time that a French minister has taken part in this popular event, which celebrates the vitality of Acadian culture and the French language in North America. The minister of state inaugurated France’s pavilion and reaffirmed the importance of the ties between our country and the Acadian community. She expressed the hope that these exchanges will intensify, notably between young French people and Acadians.
In general, France and Canada share a same vision of international relations: commitment to multilateralism, focusing on international security issues as well as promoting democracy and good governance. The two countries have seats in numerous fora (NATO, G8, OECD, OSCE, OIF…). More specifically, there is close cooperation between France and Canada on issues of common interest such as cultural diversity (UNESCO Convention), peacekeeping operations (Afghanistan, Haiti, Africa), and development assistance (2006 agreement promoting joint actions). Moreover, exchanges of experience on social issues (health, immigration, security, reform of the state) have been particularly successful.
Saint Pierre and Miquelon (SPM) represents a critical issue in Franco-Canadian relations. Following the arbitrator’s decision in June 1992 regarding SPM’s Exclusive Economic Zone, France and Canada signed an agreement in 1994 governing fisheries and regional cooperation with Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces. A joint commission meets annually to strengthen this cooperation.
Updated on 05.02.12
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