Do you know which is the 2nd largest French speaking city in the world after Paris? Montreal , Canada!

However, the city feels under siege or threat. They just had a protest / demonstration to highlight the importance of remaining a French speaking city and the laws to protect and privilege the French language there ( Bill101 ). Many English speaking Canadians do not support these laws which make English a secondary language with less rights.

At the same time, there is a group that wants to have Montreal declared a city-state.

Interesting stuff.

Global News

WATCH: Raw video from the French-language protest

MONTREAL – A protest to shine a light on the importance of French in Montreal took place on Wednesday night.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Place des Festivals, with many holding lamps. They grouped together to create an enormous glowing “101” and “MTL 101.”

The idea behind the rally is to “highlight the fact that Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world.”

Billed as the “101 in Lights,” the rally was organized by Partenaires pour un Québec français (“Partners for a French Quebec”), which is made up of groups like the Société St-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal and the Mouvement national des Québécois, as well as several trade unions whose members care about the importance of French in the city.

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The event took place as another group called for Montreal to…

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