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