PARIS (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron have discussed a renewed economic partnership to boost growth, jobs and investments in their two countries.
In a joint news conference in Paris, Trudeau praised the “benefits” of a trade deal between Canada and the European Union that came largely into effect last September.
Trudeau said “we already see the results” of the new trade rules, called the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act (CETA).
Canadian imports from France have increased 4 percent last year and Canadian investments in France have jumped 23 percent, he said.
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Trudeau insists the deal included rules to protect workers’ rights and the environment, but CETA had triggered many protests across Europe, with critics arguing it weakens European labor laws.