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Québec Premier Jean Charest made Commander of France’s Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur

On February 2, Québec Premier Jean Charest was made a Commander of the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. During a speech for the occasion, the premier recalled certain key moments in the France-Québec relationship, describing it as a privileged relationship “which now covers all aspects of economic, social, and cultural life,” adding that “this friendship and fraternity continues to reach new milestones.” Premier Charest noted that “in 2005, Québec, France, and Canada joined together in a united front at UNESCO to promote the adoption of a convention aimed at protecting the diversity or cultural expression, affirming through their actions that the soul of a people is not an object of trade.”

The full text of the speech is available on the website of the Office of the Premier.