A powerful phrase from then-French President Charles de Gaulle to the people of Quebec, Canada from the balcony of the Montreal Town Hall in 1967.
Translating to "Long Live Free Quebec", it is considered by many to be Charles de Gaulle's semi-formal endorsement of the concept of Quebec sovereignty.
In the aftermath, Charles de Gaulle was forced to cut his visit short partially due to the outrage of the Canadian government at this statement. Since then, it has been a rallying call for supporters of Quebec sovereignty, as well as the Parti Quebecois, a pro-sovereignty political party based in Quebec.
It is widely believed that because of animosity stemming from this incident, then-Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau refused to attend a memorial service to Charles de Gaulle following his death some years later.
Charles de Gaulle: "Vive Montreal! Vive le Quebec! Vive le Quebec Libre! Vive le Canada Français! Et Vive la France!"
Crowd: *goes apeshit*
Parti Quebecois Member#1: "Je te vois a la prochaine assemblee. Vive le Quebec Libre!"
Parti Quebecois Member #2: "Je te vois la aussi, et Vive le Quebec Libre!"
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