“Vive le Québec libre!”

Charles de Gaulle’s enthusiastic endorsement of Quebec’s independence was on July 24, in 1967. After that one, every other French President who visited Quebec had his words dissected and analyzed, their speeches meticulously sterilized by hordes of French civil servants.

Incidentally, the speech came back to haunt de Gaulle the following year in Brittany, a region of France where he sought to appease a strong nationalist movement. One more instance of a foreign statement that comes back to bite you in the derrière at home.


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