France and Canada announce greater cooperation
French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed the Franco-Canadian cooperation, achieved through a bilateral partnership and under the auspices of the G7. During the Prime Minister's state visit to Paris, Macron noted that France's support for Canadian G7 initiatives regarding climate change (particularly an initiative on the fight against plastic in the oceans), on gender equality, jobs for the future, inclusive growth, and peace and security. He also commended the G7 Advisory Committee on Gender Equality, put in place by Canada, which is chaired by Melinda Gates, and Isabelle Hudon.
The Heads of State announced an increase in cooperation through a bilateral partnership on the environment, aiming to coordinate joint actions on international transport, the organization of a Euro-Canadian seminar on carbon pricing, the articulation of both countries' environmental development policies, support for green finance, and joint action at the level of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Canada also decided to dispatch helicopters and associated military personnel to support the MINUSMA mission in Mali, an area in which the French are linked particularly through the military operation Barkhane.