The President of the Republic, Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, visit in Canada

The President of the Republic was in Canada from Friday, October 17 to Saturday, October 18, 2008, for a work visit.

- Photo album

This trip was followed by a meeting with Mr. George W. Bush, President of the United States, at Camp David, Maryland.

Travel schedule

Quebec City

Friday, October 17, 2008

11:00 a.m.
Arrival of the President of the Republic at the Quebec City airport
Welcomed by Mr. Stephen HARPER, Prime Minister of Canada

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Source : XIIe Sommet de la Francophonie


11:30 a.m.

Arrival of the President of the Republic at the Citadel
Welcomed by Ms. Michaëlle JEAN, Governor General of Canada

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Sommet UE -CANADA : M. Nicolas Sarkozy, président de la République, Mme Michaëlle Jean, Gouverneur général du Canada, MM. Stephen Harper, Premier ministre du Canada et José Manuel Barroso président de la Commission de l’UE (Québec).

11:40 a.m.
Meeting with Mr. Stephen HARPER, Prime Minister of Canada, and Mr. José Manuel BARROSO, President of the European Commission for the European Union-Canada Summit

12:10 p.m.
Lunch meeting with Mr. Stephen HARPER, Prime Minister of Canada, and Mr. José Manuel BARROSO, President of the European Commission

1:30 p.m.
Joint press conference

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Photographer: MCpl Jean-François Néron, Rideau Hall
The Prime Minister of Canada the Honourable Stephen Harper along with the President of the French Republic His Excellency Nicolas Sarkozy (left) and the President of the European Commission His Excellency José Manuel Durão Barroso (right) held a news conference inside the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec following the Canada-European Union Summit.

2:45 p.m.
Arrival of the President of the Republic at the National Assembly of Québec
Speech by Mr. Jean CHAREST, Premier of Quebec

3:00 p.m.
Speech by the President of the Republic

3:30 p.m.
Signing of the Franco-Quebec agreement on professional mobility

- Mutual recognition agreement on professional qualifications
for regulated occupations

JPEG French authorities are receptive to improving working-life conditions for those, French and Quebec citizens (close to 100,000 people), who cannot practice their original occupation. During their interview in Paris on July 6, 2007, the President of the Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, and the Premier of Quebec, Jean Charest, decided to enter into an agreement, as soon as possible, on professional mobility.

The agreement applies to all professions and regulated occupations, with the exception of public officials and government members. This agreement is the first step towards creating a pilot project that could reinitiate ambitious negotiations between Canada and the European Union, namely on professional qualifications.

3:45 p.m.
Inauguration of the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques together with Mr. Jean CHAREST, Premier of Quebec.


5 :45 p.m.

Arrival of the President of the Republic at the Francophonie Summit at the Hilton Hotel
Welcomed by Ms. Michaëlle JEAN, Governor General of Canada,
Mr. Stephen HARPERT, Prime Minister of Canada; Mr. Jean CHAREST, Premier of Quebec, Mr. Shan GRAHAM, Premier of New Brunswick and Mr. Abdou DIOUF, Secretary General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.


6:00 p.m.

Official opening ceremony of the 12th Francophonie Summit at the Quebec City Convention Centre
Speech by the President of the Republic

12th Francophonie Summit

GIF The 12th Francophonie Summit will be held in Quebec City from October 17 to 19, 2008

In 2006, the Francophonie Summit was held in Bucarest. This October 2008, the 12th Summit was held in Quebec City, where close to 80% of the population is Francophone. Organized by the Canadian and Quebec governments, and in partnership with New Brunswick, this event reunited delegations from 69 states and governments.

The Francophonie Summit (or the "Conference of Heads of State and Government of Countries Using French as a Common Language") is the highest authority in La Francophonie and gathers the heads of state and government of member countries in the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). The Summit addresse various topics, ranging from international policy to world economy including human rights and of course Francophone cooperation.

Consult the Francophonie Summit Web site.

8:00 p.m.
Official dinner given by Stephen HARPER and his wife


- Travel schedule, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Last modified on 20/10/2008

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