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Portrait of a Young Woman, by Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun (1797)

Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun (16 April 1755 – 30 March 1842) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There was a development in Quebec news yesterday. A group of terrorists has been formed: the Quebec Revolutionary Army/Armée révolutionnaire du Québec. They left a white powder in the Sherbrooke office of the Premier.  The threatened area was evacuated but it turned out the powder was harmless baking soda: bicarbonate de soude.

The new army may dissolve, but they may also have announced that they intend to use deadly weapons. No one knows. Up to the October Crisis (1970), members of the Quebec Liberation Front/Front de libération du Québec, the terrorist branch of the séparatistes, as indépendantistes were then called, deposited bombs in mailboxes.

In Le Devoir, Quebec’s leading French-language newspaper, a journalist stated that Jean Charest, Quebec’s Premier, was afraid of the students. Shame on Jean Charest!  Yet, a week ago, lawyers and jurists were finding fault with Bill 78. It was then considered an encroachment on the freedom of individuals. It often comes down to the brilliant sentence Jean Cocteau formulated to the effect that one had to know just how far one could go too far.

English

The Montreal Gazette: http://www.montrealgazette.com/index.html
The National Post: http://www.nationalpost.com/index.html
The Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/
The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/
 
CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/
CTV News: http://montreal.ctv.ca/
 

French

Le Devoir: http://www.ledevoir.com/
La Presse: http://www.lapresse.ca/
 
© Micheline Walker
June 7, 2012
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