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French president mobilizes 100 firefighters to help with Quebec wildfires

June 5, 2023  By CFI Staff

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted on Sunday, June 4,  that France is in solidarity with Quebec in their desire to help battle massive forest fires.

“Canada is facing terrible fires. France is in solidarity. A hundred of our firefighters are preparing to fight the flames alongside their Quebec comrades. Experts are also mobilized. Canadian friends, reinforcements are coming,” Macron tweeted in French.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault tweeted in response: “Merci cousins!

Similarly, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanked the French president in his reply.


“On behalf of Canadians, and in particular those affected by the forest fires: thank you. Our two countries are the closest friends and strongest partners, and this relationship is more important than ever,” Trudeau tweeted in French.

As of 8:15 a.m. on Mon., June 5, a statement from Quebec’s forest fire prevention group, the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU) said they are “currently fighting a high number of fires, particularly in the regions of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord, Mauricie, Nord-du-Québec and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. Intervention priorities are focused on the protection of human life, the protection of communities and essential infrastructure.”

For more info in French, click here: SOPFEU.



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