Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is making his first visit to France on July 18 and 19 since taking office in February. During what is a working visit, he will have a luncheon with President Jacques Chirac on July 19. The day before he will visit the site of the Battle of Vimy (Pas de Calais) to pay tribute to the Canadian soldiers who died there in April 1917. That same day he will have talks with Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin. See the pictures.
France is at the head of the United Nations’ Security Council during the month of July 2006. During this period, it will focus its actions around three major priorities: crisis treatment, the protection of children in armed conflicts and the launch of the selection process for the next Secretary General of the United Nations.