France’s Macron to meet Trudeau in Ottawa, visit Montreal ahead of G7


OTTAWA — French President Emmanuel Macron is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week in Ottawa before the two sit down with their G7 counterparts for the leaders’ summit in La Malbaie, Que.

Both Trudeau and Macron will likely compare notes on how to nurture their relationships with an unpredictable G7 partner both men have worked hard to befriend: President Donald Trump.

The French Embassy in Ottawa says Macron will meet Trudeau and Gov. Gen. Julie Payette on June 6 before he visits Montreal on June 7.

The embassy is describing Macron’s Canadian visit as a working trip to prepare for the G7 summit on June 8-9 northeast of Quebec City.

France will take over the G7 presidency next year and, among other objectives, senior Canadian officials have said there’s hope the exclusive club of countries will continue their work toward meeting the goals laid out by the Paris climate agreement.

After a meeting last month in Paris, Trudeau and Macron agreed to mount a new attack on climate change by keeping the issue at the forefront of the world’s agenda, despite Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris deal.

The Canadian Press