France thanks the premier of Quebec for defending freedom of expression


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QUEBEC – French President Emmanuel Macron has personally called Prime Minister François Legault to thank him for his defense of freedom of expression, Legault revealed on Tuesday.

The move, which has become a diplomatic incident, comes despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s reluctance to do the same.

Trudeau said earlier that the attacks in France following the publication of certain images indicate that certain limits on freedom of expression are sometimes necessary. He said, as an example, that people cannot cry fire in a crowded movie theater.

Legault went the other way, claiming these freedoms are fundamental, which is the same position as Macron’s.

“He (Macron) thanked me for the unconditional support I have given to the defense of freedom of expression,” Legault tweeted. “Our two nations share this fundamental value.”


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