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Macron and Canada’s Trudeau deepen their ‘bromance’ in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stressed their common vision and the strength of their personal friendship as they met in Paris on Monday.

Macron and Canada's Trudeau deepen their 'bromance' in Paris
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The two young leaders, both progressives in their 40s, exchanged a hug on  the steps of the Elysee Palace and spoke warmly of their ties afterwards at a press conference that ended with them leaving the room with their arms across each other's backs.

Macron and Trudeau see each other as natural allies in a world increasingly shaped by right-wing nationalism which has gathered strength in Europe and the United States, as well as in Russia, Turkey and China.

“We have an extremely close convergence of views,” Macron said during the press conference, which came after a working lunch and talks with Trudeau.

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Trudeau, speaking mostly in French, ended his remarks lauding the  “friendship” between the two leaders — a contrast with the often difficult 
relationship he has with his North American neighbour, US President Donald  Trump.

“Canada, France and Europe are extremely aligned,” he said. 

Talks included trade, the war in Syria and an upcoming summit of G7  countries which will be hosted by Canada in June.

Trudeau and Macron's first meeting as leaders came in May last year when  they were photographed together at a meeting of G7 countries in the dreamy setting of Taormina, a hillside town in Sicily.

It led to widespread commentary about the “bromance” between the two  married liberals — as well as jokes online that they looked like they had  gone to Sicily for their wedding photographs.

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Searchers find body of French snowmobiler who crashed through ice

Canadian searchers on Friday found the body of one of five French snowmobilers whose machines fell through the ice of a frozen lake, police said.

Searchers find body of French snowmobiler who crashed through ice
Canadian police searching for the bodies on snowmobiles. Photo: HO / Sûreté du Québec / AFP
A spokesman acknowledged that the chances of finding the group alive had dimmed, but police were “keeping up hope” of recovering their bodies.
   
The search for the snowmobilers includes divers, sonar operators and police backed by helicopters in the area about 225 kilometers (140 miles) north of Quebec City, and is expected to resume again at daybreak.
   
Quebec provincial police spokesman Hugues Beaulieu said the body discovered Friday “was found more than two kilometers from the initial search area in Grande Decharge River” at the mouth of Lake Saint-Jean where the accident happened.
   
“At the moment, we can't identify the body,” French Consul General in Quebec Laurent Barbot said during a press briefing. “The process is underway and the families have of course been informed,” he added.
   
The group included eight French tourists, who were snowmobiling Tuesday evening in an area that is off limits to snowmobiles because the ice is thinner there.
   
Three snowmobilers survived with minor injuries. They returned to France on Thursday evening, according to the consulate.
   
Their 42-year-old Canadian guide died on Wednesday in a hospital after trying to rescue members of the group.
   
Police have recovered six snowmobiles at the bottom of the lake near where the accident occurred, and provincial authorities have pledged to tighten safety measures on the use of the machines.
   
Investigators do not know why the group left the approved paths to venture “off-piste” at nightfall, but some experts believe they may have been trying to take a shortcut to their destination.
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