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Jacques Lanctôt
Jacques Lanctôt (born November 5, 1945, Montreal, Québecmarker, Canadamarker) was an important member of the Front de Libération du Québec (FLQ).

Lanctôt joined the FLQ in 1963 at the age of 17 and was involved in several violent demonstrations in Quebecmarker during the 1960s along with his sister, Louise Lanctôt.

In 1968, Lanctôt, a member of the FLQ's Liberation cell, met Paul Rose, leader of the Chénier Cell.

As a member of the Liberation Cell of the FLQ he was partners with:

Lanctôt was involved in the kidnapping of the British High Commissioner, James Richard Cross, on October 5, 1970, sparking the October Crisis. Lanctôt and his group held James Cross hostage, taking his photo and sending it to police with a list of demands that included money and the release of other convicted FLQ members. The Liberation Cell advised authorities that Cross would be executed and further threats to Cross' life were delivered to several radio stations along with the FLQ demands. On October 10, their counterparts in the Chénier Cell kidnapped the Quebec Government's Labour Minister, Pierre Laporte

On December 3, 1970, Lanctôt and the four other known FLQ members who had kidnapped James Cross negotiated his release in exchange for a flight to Cubamarker. Cross was unharmed and reported that he had been held by his captors tied to a chair, facing a television set for 2 months.

Later, Jacques Lanctôt and the other members of his Liberation Cell secretly left Cuba and went to live in Parismarker, Francemarker. Lanctôt returned from exile in Paris on January 11, 1979. He was arraigned in Court and released on bail pending his trial. He was also charged with the February 1970 conspiracy to kidnap Moshe Golem, the Israelimarker trade commissioner to Canadamarker. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in jail.

After serving his sentence he reentered Québec society and became a successful book publisher.


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