Canadian Prime Minister Pierre trudeau arrived in Paris on Monday (21 October) for a three day official visit.
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre trudeau arrived in Paris on Monday (21 October) for a three day official visit. He was the first Canadian leader to set foot on French soil for ten years.
Relations between the two countries became strained in 1967 when General De Gaulle publically indicated his support for an independent ???uebec, while on a State visit to Canada.
Mr. Trudeau said he felt these old attitudes had disappeared.
The day after his arrival (22 October) he visited the Arc de Triomphe and laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Mr. Trudeau was on a six day European tour apparently aimed at reducing his country's dependence on the United States by encouraging fuller cooperation with the Common Market countries.
The Canadian Prime Minister and French President M. Giscard d'Estaing, agreed to step up and diversify trade relations and embark on joint ventures in industry.
Mr. Trudeau said the French leaders were particularly interested in Canadian uranium supplies for the generation of nuclear power.
President Giscard d'Estain said he wished to see the amount of trade between the two countries doubled within the next two years. At present France ranks sixth among Canada's trading partners.