Montrealers took to the streets on May 21, protesting for tougher French-language law reform than what was proposed in Quebec's new Bill 96. Three hundred and fifty people responded to the event on Facebook. \nThe demonstration — dubbed Grande marche pour le français, with the slogan "En français, c'est non négociable!" — was formed by two sovereignist groups: the Mouvement des jeunes souverainistes and the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal (SSJB). \nEditor's Choice: 9 Key Changes Proposed In Quebec's New French Language Bill\n\n\nHAPPENING NOW IN MONTREAL: March for the protection of the French language in Quebec \n\nThe Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal and the Mouvement des jeunes souverainistes have gathered at the foot of Mount-Royal in protest. \n\nTheir message: Bill 96 in its current state is inadequate. The only way to truly protect the French language in Quebec is through independence.\n\nQuebec introduced the new language bill, 96, last week. It would, among other things, add 2 new clauses to the Canadian Constitution:\nOne declaring Quebec a nation and one making French the only official language in the province.Posted by MTL Blog on Friday, May 21, 2021\n"Let us be numerous and united in the streets to show our unwavering support for a French-speaking Quebec and to demonstrate our expectations for even bolder and stronger measures," said Marie-Anne Alepin, president of the SSJB, on Facebook.\n"We have a responsibility [...] to ensure that Quebec becomes a French-speaking country."\nMTL Blog's Alex Melki was on the scene of the protest, which began at the foot of Mount Royal, where protesters held up signs with slogans like, "Quebec libre, Quebec français."\nOther protestors were seen giving speeches comparing Quebec's language debate to the Cuban Revolution and wearing Palestinian keffiyehs, which are Arab scarves, to cover their faces.\n"There is no [appropriate] era for freedom," a protester said.