M2007.69.168 | The de Gaulle stamp revised by Chrétien

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The de Gaulle stamp revised by Chrétien
Garnotte (alias Michel Garneau)
1997, 20th century
Ink on card
21.6 x 26.4 cm
Gift of M. Michel Garneau
© McCord Museum
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This cartoon insinuates that in 1997, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien could have suggested to French President Jacques Chirac that Charles de Gaulle be shown with his mouth taped shut on a French stamp commemorating de Gaulle's "Vive le Québec libre!"

  • What

    In 1997 France was planning to issue a stamp to commemorate the 30th anniversary of de Gaulle's famous speech. News of this plan provoked indignation in English Canada, especially in the press, which denounced the idea vehemently and even called for a boycott of French products.

  • Where

    President de Gaulle had given his speech from the balcony of Montreal city hall.

  • When

    It was in early 1997, leading up to the 30th anniversary of the speech de Gaulle gave on July 24, 1967, that French and Canadian newspapers began reporting on the debate surrounding the commemorative stamp.

  • Who

    One of the world's best-known heads of state, Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) served as president of the French Republic from 1959 to 1969.