In the Economic Indicators section, data on GDP in PPP, GDP per capita in PPP, population and international merchandise exports and imports are defyed from the World Bank`s database of global development indicators as a percentage of GDP. Trade rankings for goods and services are based on Statistics Canada data. The “Ease of Doing Business” ranking is from the World Bank`s Doing business project. The Global Competitiveness Rankings are the result of the World Economic Forum`s Global Competitiveness Report. Trade between the two countries is relatively modest compared to trade with its immediate continental neighbours, but remains important. France was Canada`s eleventh largest export destination in 2010 and the fourth largest in Europe.  During the Suez crisis, the Canadian government addressed a gap that could widen between Western allies. Lester B. Pearson, who later became Prime Minister of Canada, went to the United Nations and proposed the creation of a UN Relief Force (UNEF) in Suez to “keep the borders at peace while a political solution is being developed.” Both France and Great Britain rejected the idea, so Canada turned to the United States. After several days of tense diplomacy, the United Nations accepted the proposal and a neutral force that did not insert major alliances (NATO and the Warsaw Pact, although Canadian troops participated, with Canada leading the idea of a neutral force), was sent with the Nassers agreement, thus stabilizing conditions in the region.   The Suez crisis also contributed to the introduction of a new Canadian flag, without reference to the past of this colony country of France and Great Britain. Deficit in services trade in 2016: mainly due to trade in travel services The largest trade surplus in 2017: metals, mines and energy, with $470.9 million While Macron`s presidency caused trade turmoil in France that did not exist a year ago, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) also played an important role in bringing trade relations closer to a new level.
The first step towards Quebec, which is to develop an “international personality” different from that of Canada and seen by many as a springboard to full independence, was the fact that Quebec developed relations with other nations independent of those of Canada. These efforts began in earnest after De Gaulle`s return to power, when France and Quebec began to regularly exchange ministers and government officials. Prime Minister Lesage, for example, visited de Gaulle three times between 1961 and 1965. Lesage`s assertion in the Quebec National Assembly that French-Canadian identity, culture and language is threatened by a “cultural invasion of the United States” that threatens Canada to become a “cultural satellite of the United States” reflected precisely the Gaullists` concern for France`s cultural survival in the face of an English attack.