PARIS - Quebec's premier has begun a 10-day tour of Europe while a political scandal rages at home.
Jean Charest is in France today at the start of a trip that will also take him to Spain.
His reasons for the tour are two-fold: celebrate the 50th anniversary of Quebec's diplomatic mission in Paris, and promote his plan for northern economic development.
The premier's visit began today with a ceremony and military inspection at the Invalides war museum.
The trip doesn't just take Charest out of the country amid a scandal on corruption in the construction industry.
It also leaves his Liberals clinging to a wafer-thin majority back home — his Liberals only hold a four-seat advantage in the legislature, and Charest is travelling with one of his ministers.