President de Gaulle today (Monday) made it clear that it is not French policy to attack Canada's existing political system...
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Background: President de Gaulle today (Monday) made it clear that it is not French policy to attack Canada's existing political system... but he also said France intended to help French Canadians release their freedom aims.
The French leader explained his actions during his recent visit to Canada that was not cut short after he appeared to support the separatist movement in French-speaking Quebec.
The cabinet met for more than four hours... the longest meeting it has ever had... before unanimously approving a statement drawn up by President de Gaulle.
He said that he had noted among French Canadians the conviction that they had not been assured their liberty, equality and fraternity since the present Canadian system of government came into being 100 years ago. He was able to judge, he said in the statement, the determination of the people of Quebec "to decide their own affairs in all respects".
The President said that he "unmistakably told the French Canadians and their government that French intended to help them to realise the freedom aims that they have set themselves."