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In his speech, Mr. Sarkozy also applauded Quebec's ability to reject sectarianism and remain open to the world. Quebec's message is that it has been able to defend its identity without rejecting others, he said. “It is a lesson to the world where all too often the identity is an experience that leads to withdrawal, where all too often the love we have for ourselves is expressed by hatred toward others,” he told members of the National Assembly, to enthusiastic applause.
France is to Europe what Quebec has become to Canada, he said, a nation promoting free trade and seeking greater global co-operation that could eventually lead to a transatlantic deal between Canada and the European Union. “France is your ambassador and Quebec must be our ambassador to make all of Canada understand that it is in our interest to have a transatlantic community,” he said.
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