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“Vive le Québec libre!”

The Story

On July 24, 1967, French President Charles de Gaulle causes a political uproar when he exclaims, "Vive le Québec libre" to an ecstatic crowd in front of Montreal City Hall. De Gaulle was one of many world leaders invited to Expo 67 to help celebrate Canada's 100th birthday. Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson is outraged by the comment and issues an official rebuke saying, "Canadians do not need to be liberated." De Gaulle cuts short his trip and returns to France.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Newsmagazine
Broadcast Date: July 24, 1967
Guest: Charles de Gaulle
Host: Norman DePoe
Duration: 5:28

Did You know?

• Charles de Gaulle was leader of the Free French army during the Second World War. He was a brigadier general when France was defeated by Germany in 1940. De Gaulle escaped to England where he commanded the army and broadcast a famous call for resistance of German occupation.


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