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The Canadian Prime Minister, Mr. Pierre Trudeau, arrived in Paris today (October 21) for a three-day visit, amid signs that a seven-year period of strained relations between Canada and France has ended.
Mr. Trudeau, the first Canadian Prime Minister to visit France for ten years, is to confer with President Valery Giscard D'Estang and Prime Minister Jacques Chirac on future relations between Canada and France and other members of the European Common Market.
Mr. Trudeau took office in 1968, a year after President Charles De Gaulle, on a visit to Canada, had made a crudely undiplomatic intervention in Canadian domestic affairs by shouting the slogan 'Vie le Quebec Libre' (Long live Free Quebec) from the steps of Montreal City Hall. This apparent support for the Quebec separatist movement led to a cooling of relations between the two countries.
Butt clearly. Mr. Trudeau now believes that the links between the two are now back to normal.
Mr. Trudeau, accompanied by his wife, arrived in Paris from Bonn and later this week will fly on to Brussels. The main aim of his European tour is to diversify Canada's foreign policy and to reduce its dependence on the United States by fuller co-operation with the Common Market countries.