Traduction – Site Web de Marie Laberge – Année 1995
In Paris from July 1st until December 31st
The Société des gens de lettres de France invites me to stay at the studio on Boulevard Raspail, which is used to welcome writers.
But before that, in May 95, Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau asks me to be part of the team that will write the preamble for the Declaration of Independence.
In May and June, we work relentlessly and in utmost secrecy.
I know it’s blurry, but that’s the only photo taken during one of our working sessions
That’s their actual signatures!
Here’s everyone who took part in this collective effort
From left: Fernand Dumont, Gilles Vigneault, Andrée Lajoie, Marie Laberge, Henri Brun and Jean-François Lisée.
Since Paris was constantly on strike and protesters kept marching just outside my window, I gave speeches more than I got any serious writing done: in Italy, Austria, Belgium, Germany…
Then, on September 6, I came back to Quebec in time for the launching of the referendum campaign at the Grand Théâtre in Quebec City. The preamble was read by Gilles Vigneault.
Then I left for Paris and, on October 30th, I’m back here again to vote and take part in the referendum.
The rest of the year is made up of back-and-forth trips between Quebec and Paris.