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Death of Jacques Parizeau – Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (June 9, 2015)

I was saddened to learn of the passing of the former Prime Minister of Quebec, Jacques Parizeau. I want to offer my sincere condolences to his wife, his family and all Québécois. Mr. Parizeau devoted his life to Quebec, first as the artisan of the great reforms of the Quiet Revolution, and then as Prime Minister. We have lost a great Québécois.

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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.

Link: http://www.ambafrance-ca.org/

Updated on 05.02.12



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