Visit of Canadian Prime minister in France
Pictures of the meeting between the Prime minister of Canada, Mr. Stephen Harper, and the Prime minister of France, Mr. Dominique de Villepin
(Paris, July 18th, 2006)
Pictures of the meeting between the Prime minister of Canada, M.Stephen Harper, and the President of the French Republic, Mr.Jacques Chirac,
(Paris, July 19th, 2006)
- Déjeuner à l’Elysee, avec l’Ambassadeur de France au Canada, M.Daniel Jouanneau, à la droite de M.Harper - c.Ministère des Affaires étrangères - Frédéric de la Mure
(Paris, July 17th, 2006)
"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.
These meetings with Mr. Harper will be an opportunity to take stock of bilateral relations, especially in regard to the economy, energy, research, and in the integration of St Pierre et Miquelon into the regional environment. In the wake of the G8 meeting in St. Petersburg, the main international issues-the current situation in Lebanon and the Middle East as a whole, Afghanistan, Haiti, Africa, development, the environment and Francophonie-will also be on the agenda.
France and Canada take the same view of international relations: commitment to multilateralism, emphasis on international security problems, and the promotion of democracy and good governance.
We work together closely on many issues of common interest such as cultural diversity (UNESCO convention), peacekeeping operations (Afghanistan, Haiti, Africa) and development assistance. In addition our exchanges regarding experiences with public policies and social questions (reform of the state, health, immigration etc.) are particularly numerous and productive.
Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy visited Ottawa and Montreal last March. The prime ministers of five Canadian provinces (including Alberta and Quebec) have recently visited our country."