Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Royal Pain

The woman who would be the next president of France channels the spirit of Charles de Gaulle:

Following a 15-minute meeting in Paris yesterday with Parti Québécois Leader André Boisclair, Ségolène Royal was asked by reporters what affinity she felt toward Quebec sovereignty.

"It goes with our common values, which are Quebec's sovereignty and freedom," she replied.

"I think that Quebec's influence and its place in the hearts of the French people support that."


Quebec never had much of a place in the hearts of the French when it was a colony--"quelques arpents de neige," to quote Voltaire--and for 200 years afterward, it had no place at all.

France only reached out to Quebec after its own colonial empire disappeared collapsed in the 1960s and it needed the assurance that ir was still a world power.

If France wants to meddle in Canada's internal affairs, perhaps Stephen Harper could express some support for the national aspirations of the Bretons, Corsicans and Basques?

Source: Globe and Mail

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Or perhaps we could inform France that the next time German troops march down the Champs Elysée, Canada will decline the opportunity to shed blood for France's liberation.

Ungrateful b*****ds. True artists at the stab in the back.

Marc-André Mongeon said...

Some people in France are too arrogant for their own good that's true,but let's not confuse a Presidential CANDIDATE for the official state position of the Republic either.

Is it any better than when Bill Clinton meddled in the affairs of Canada in 1995 with his comments regarding our national unity? I didn't see any " let the Mexicans march freely on the white House" type speech......


France seems to be everyone's favourite target, which is regrettable, but not surprising.

Anonymous said...

Miss Royal DOES NOT represent France. She sure doesn't represent me and I sure hope she never will. She has no clue on how to act as a leader especially with international affairs.. Just ignore her.

Mani.