The mayor of Quebec does not hide his interest in receiving the visit of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, soon.
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On Monday, during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Germany, the French president announced that he intended to visit Canada “in the coming months”.
It did not fall on deaf ears and Mayor Bruno Marchand began to dream of receiving a second illustrious guest in the capital, after the Holy Father, in July.
“The good news today, through the Pope's visit and through major international news, is that Macron said he was coming to Canada. So maybe we'll welcome Marcon. I think the French president cannot come to Canada without coming to Quebec and he cannot come to Quebec without coming to Quebec. Quebec, from Macron to Pope Francis, is the place to be in the coming months. People understood that."
In addition, the City of Quebec is preparing to manage gatherings of older people for the visit of Pope Francis, from July 27 to 29. Clienteles who are more likely to have mobility problems or to be victims of discomfort, especially if it is very hot, for example, during the gathering on the Plains.
“It is part of the risks that have been identified,” confirmed Mr. Marchand. The management teams for major events and civil security are impressive and experienced, he believes.
Examples from elsewhere
They also contacted other cities that received the Pope, such as Geneva and New York, “to see what we can learn, what we can improve, to avoid the crisis in the crisis. We have to prepare for the worst, that's exactly what we do."