Canada/Quebec – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and Nadine Girault, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie of Quebec (25 June 2020)

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Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will meet via video conference tomorrow with Nadine Girault, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie and Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration of Quebec.

This meeting follows on from the regular exchanges between French and Quebecois authorities driven by the road maps adopted in 2018 during the most recent rotating meeting between prime ministers and the meeting between Nadine Girault and Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian in November 2018. Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne notably met with Caroline Proulx, Minister of Tourism, in November 2019.

The minister of state and the minister will discuss developments in the health situation in France and Quebec. This meeting will also provide an opportunity to underscore the importance of our cooperation with respect to responding to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. It will allow for a discussion regarding ongoing cooperation and the prospects for strengthening our partnerships in the economic, environmental, social and cultural spheres.

Indeed, France and Quebec share unique historical and cultural ties. They have a direct and special relationship focused on shared priorities, starting with the promotion and defense of the French language, notably in international organizations, the promotion of gender equality, the Paris climate agreement and the fostering of youth mobility.