World: Two Separatist Strands

THE separatist cause espoused by the Quebec Liberation Front is nothing new either to the province or Canada.

The idea of an independent, French-dominated Quebec goes back to 1759, when the British defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham and made Canada a part of the empire. Over the next 200 years, the separatist notion reappeared periodically but never really became a movement.

In the 1960s, however, the idea began to take firm hold. Part of this was due to Charles de Gaulle's fiery brand of French nationalism, which he recommended to Quebeckers during...

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