Francis Simard dies at 67: Ex-FLQ member was key figure in murder of Quebec minister Pierre Laporte

Karsh / Postmedia News file
Karsh / Postmedia News fileQuebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte was kidnapped in front of his home on Oct. 10, 1970. He was found dead in a bloodstained car trunk in suburban St. Hubert seven days later.

Former Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) member Francis Simard died Saturday, the Journal de Montréal reported on their website Wednesday night.

Simard participated in the kidnapping and murder of Pierre Laporte, the Quebec Minister of Immigration, Labour and Manpower, during the October 1970 crisis.

He received a life sentence for his crimes and was released from prison in 1982.

Simard died at the age of 67 from an aneurysm.

Simard is survived by his wife Béatrice Richard and his daughters, Renée-Louise and Émilie. The funeral will take place Jan. 24 in Longueuil.

He recounted the events in a book titled Pour en finir avec octobre, which inspired the Pierre Falardeau film Octobre.

Ray Ryder / Postmedia News file

Ray Ryder / Postmedia News filePierre Laporte’s funeral, Oct. 20, 1970. Copyright The Gazette. Credit Ray Ryder. See also: James Cross – October Crisis 1970 – Front de Liberation du Quebec (FLQ).
Karsh / Postmedia News file
Karsh / Postmedia News fileQuebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte was kidnapped in front of his home on Oct. 10, 1970. He was found dead in a bloodstained car trunk in suburban St. Hubert seven days later.

Former Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) member Francis Simard died Saturday, the Journal de Montréal reported on their website Wednesday night.

Simard participated in the kidnapping and murder of Pierre Laporte, the Quebec Minister of Immigration, Labour and Manpower, during the October 1970 crisis.

He received a life sentence for his crimes and was released from prison in 1982.

Simard died at the age of 67 from an aneurysm.

Simard is survived by his wife Béatrice Richard and his daughters, Renée-Louise and Émilie. The funeral will take place Jan. 24 in Longueuil.

He recounted the events in a book titled Pour en finir avec octobre, which inspired the Pierre Falardeau film Octobre.

Ray Ryder / Postmedia News file

Ray Ryder / Postmedia News filePierre Laporte’s funeral, Oct. 20, 1970. Copyright The Gazette. Credit Ray Ryder. See also: James Cross – October Crisis 1970 – Front de Liberation du Quebec (FLQ).

Source:: Francis Simard dies at 67: Ex-FLQ member was key figure in murder of Quebec minister Pierre Laporte

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