Canada – Meeting in Djerba between Trudeau and the Prime Minister of Quebec as part of the Francophonie Summit.



AA / Montreal / Hatem Katu

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Quebec Premier Francois Legault on Saturday in Djerba, Tunis, for the first time since the latter’s re-election last October.

The meeting lasted about twenty minutes within the framework of the 18th Summit of the Francophonie in Djerba and essentially discussed, according to the Canadian media, the issue of the protection of the French language in the maple country and especially the French language. – speaking province of Quebec.

Before the interview, François Legault told the media that he wanted to discuss with Justin Trudeau “the best way to promote the French language in the world and to appreciate our shared values”.

“Obviously, we will also talk about protecting the French language, not only in Quebec and Canada, but everywhere in the world,” he insisted.

He also felt that “much work remains to be done to protect the French in the world and on Canadian soil.”

Quebec’s Prime Minister, who has been in office since October 2018 and was recently re-elected to a four-year term, went further and began:

“French is in decline, along with other places in Montreal. We have joint actions to stop the decline of French so that a greater percentage of Montrealers can speak French.”

For his part, Justin Trudeau emphasized that “it’s a good time to come together and work on issues that are important to us.”

Prior to this bilateral meeting, the Prime Minister of Canada participated in the official opening ceremony of the La Francophonie Summit, which is being held under the theme “Connectivity and digitalization in the French-speaking world”.

The 18th Summit of the Francophonie is being held on the island of Djerba (south-east of Tunisia) on November 19 and 20, 2022, after the first postponement announced last year.

Source: AA

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