French President Francois Hollande reflects on recent shootings in Canadian Parliament and singles out the bravery of Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers.
François Hollande makes his first official visit to Canada. The first one since François Mitterand’s 27 years ago. His visit will last 3 days. French president addressed the Parliament on Monday before scheduled visits to Montreal and Quebec City.
He spoke about the gunman who killed a soldier at the National War Memorial last month in Ottawa. “Canada’s Parliament was defiled” said François Hollande. He suggested the air campaign in Iraq and Syria to degrade the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, won’t be enough. “The bombings will not help us find political solutions.” he stated. Earlier, the French president placed a wreath at the war memorial.
French president also saluted Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, the man who ultimately took down the attacker. “I salute the courage of Kevin Vickers, who is now known all across the world,” he expressed.
The prime minister of Canada and François Hollande participated in a business lunch in Ottawa. The French leader is accompanied by several cabinet ministers and a large business and academic delegation.
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