Group’s plans to re-en­act de Gaulle’s ‘Quebec li­bre’ speech thwarted

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

MON­TREAL — A Quebec na­tion­al­ist group is ac­cus­ing the City of Mon­treal of thwart­ing its plans to com­mem­o­rate a now-iconic speech by for­mer French pres­i­dent Charles de Gaulle.

The So­ci­ete Saint-Jean-Bap­tiste says it wanted ac­cess to the bal­cony of city hall on July 24 to re-en­act the mo­ment when de Gaulle fa­mously shouted “Vive le Quebec li­bre!” in 1967.

For­mer Quebec pre­mier Bernard Landry says he’s dis­ap­pointed the city re­fused the group’s re­quest to honour what he calls a turn­ing point in the prov­ince’s in­de­pen­dence move­ment.

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