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Legault, François

Legault, François, 1957–, Canadian business executive and politician. An accountant by training, he cofounded and led the budget airline Air Transat (1986–97). As a member of the separatist Parti Québécois, he served (1998–2009) in Quebec's national assembly and was (1998–2003) minister of industry and commerce, of education, of employment, and of health and social services. In 2011 he cofounded the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), a center-right party rejecting independence, and returned to the national assembly in 2012. After CAQ's win in Quebec's 2018 elections, Legault became premier.

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