OTTAWA — French President François Hollande told Parliament Monday that Western nations must not show “weakness” in the face of domestic terrorism and must battle Islamic terrorists in Iraq — a message that appeared to bolster the agenda of Canada’s Conservative government.
But in a sign that France and Canada aren’t aligned on all global problems, he also declared that the planet must grapple with the growing consequences of climate change, which could pose serious dangers to the environment, economies and entire populations.
French President Francois Hollande certainly won’t go hungry this Thursday night. He’s dining twice – first with U.S. President Barack Obama, then with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It will be a digestive and logistical challenge, but the safest diplomatic solution for the French president to keep apart two leaders who are at odds.