Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau and François Legault both on Sunday congratulated French President Emmanuel Macron, who became the first head of state to win a second five-year term since Jacques Chirac in 2002.
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“Congratulations, @EmmanuelMacron. I look forward to continuing our collaboration on issues that matter to Canadians and French people – from defending democracy to fighting climate change to economic growth for the middle class,” the Prime Minister of Canada said on his Twitter feed about an hour and a half after Mr Macron’s victory was announced.
In an official statement, Justin Trudeau added that he intends to continue working with France in several international fora, including the United Nations, NATO, the G7 and the G20.
“Together through a common language, we are also important partners within the International Organization of Francophonie. We have a progressive trade relationship that helps create jobs and opportunities for people on both sides of the Atlantic,” said the Prime Minister of Canada.
Mr Trudeau also wants Canada and France to continue working together to defend democracy and human rights in the face of “Russia’s illegal, unprovoked and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine”.
“In these uncertain times, strengthening ties between countries is a top priority. Canada and France will continue to work together to defend their shared values and build a prosperous future for the people of both countries,” said the Canadian Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, his counterpart in Quebec, François Legault, responded just minutes after the results were announced.
“On behalf of the government. du Qc I want to congratulate @EmmanuelMacron on his re-election as President of the French Republic,” Mr Legault tweeted.
“I look forward to continuing the work that has begun. I am proud of the relationship between Quebec and France and the friendship that binds our nations together,” the Quebec Premier continued.
The Minister for International Relations, Nadine Girault, also praised the good relations between Quebec and France.
“We have a very close relationship with France and that is very important to us. We are delighted to continue working with Emmanuel Macron’s team,” Ms. Girault said in an interview with TVA Nouvelles.
He praised the exchange on a cultural and linguistic level, but also from an economic point of view. This issue had been criticized by Ms Le Pen during last Wednesday’s second round presidential debate, with a comment on imports of Canadian beef being too important for her liking.
“We import a lot more from France than we export. We export $1.5 billion and import $3.3 billion. We still have room to export to France,” noted Ms. Girault.
Emmanuel Macron managed to win the second round of the presidential elections, gaining the favor of about 58.2% of voters, according to the preliminary results released at 8 p.m. French time (2 p.m. Quebec). .
His opponent, the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, received the support of 41.8% of the electorate, a record never before seen for this political camp in France.