Hollande visits Canada in first state visit by French president for 26 years

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Unusually for a French president, François Hollande began trip in oil-rich Alberta rather than in the French-speaking eastern part of Canada.

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French President François Hollande was greeted with all due pomp and ceremony on Sunday during a state visit that was historic not only because it was the first time a French head-of-state has formally visited the country in 26 years, but also because Mr. Hollande’s first stop took in the mountains of Banff Alberta, rather than the Saint Lawrence Seaway, reports the National Post.