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Francois Hollande has arrived in Alberta on the first ever official visit by a French president to western Canada.

In the light of the recent terror attack, talks with Prime Minister Stephen Harper are expected to include greater cooperation on international security along with trade and economic development.

Hollande will also address Parliament and is also scheduled to visit Montreal and Quebec City.

The last French president to make a formal state visit to Canada was Francois Mitterrand in 1987, although Nicholas Sarkozy attended a European Union-Canada summit in 2008.

France is Canada’s eighth-largest commercial partner, with bilateral merchandise trade totalling more than $8.5 billion ( 6.8 billion euros) in 2013.