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Canada-France Relations

Canada and France have a long-standing, solid relationship based on a common history and language, shared values, and diversified cooperation on economic, social, political and security issues. The bilateral relationship is framed by the Enhanced Cooperation Agenda, a roadmap designed to foster concrete cooperation to ensure peace, security, sustainable development and prosperity.

This partnership is underpinned by frequent high-level meetings on both sides of the Atlantic. Prime Minister Trudeau made a bilateral visit to France in November 2015, as part of his participation in COP21, the conference that led to the adoption of the Paris Agreement. President Hollande made a state visit to Canada in November 2014, including a trip to Western Canada, the first by a French president. Former prime minister Manuel Valls made an official visit to Canada in October 2016, and a dozen ministerial visits have taken place between the two countries since December 2015. Canada-France cooperation is also enriched by a constant exchange of ideas and information between Canadian and French parliamentarians, notably through the Canada-France Interparliamentary Association.  

Canada and France also regularly have the opportunity to highlight the deep ties of their relationship during the numerous ceremonies commemorating the First and Second World Wars.  

A permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the G7 and the G20, a founding member of the European Union and a key partner in La Francophonie, France is a major international ally for Canada. France and Canada cooperate closely on foreign policy matters, as the two countries have a shared vision for international relations: a commitment to multilateralism, a focus on finding constructive solutions to international security problems, the protection of the environment, and the promotion of democracy, human rights, good governance and development.

Canada and France enjoy excellent relations in the world of academia. With numerous Canadian Studies Centres in France and hundreds of student exchange agreements signed between Canadian and French institutions of higher education, a large number of French students come to Canada every year. France is also one of the most popular destinations for Canadian post‑secondary students, particularly among non-Anglophone destinations. Canada signed its first Youth Mobility Agreement with France in 1956. The latest agreement, in effect since 2015, allows Canadian and French youth aged 18 to 35 to work, travel and intern in the other country for up to 24 months.  

In France, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Paris. Canada also has consulates headed by honorary consuls in Lyon, Nice, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, and Toulouse. France is represented in Canada by its embassy in Ottawa, and it also has consulates in Vancouver, Toronto, Montréal, Québec and Moncton.

April 2017

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