Jacques Lanctôt

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Jacques Lanctôt
Jacques Lanctôt 2010.jpg
Jacques Lanctôt in 2010
at the Montréal Book Fair
Born (1945-11-05) November 5, 1945 (age 71)
Nationality Canadian
Occupation publisher, writer
Known for FLQ member who kidnapped James Cross

Jacques Lanctôt is a Canadian writer and publisher, restaurateur, and former militant separatist.[1][2] Lanctôt, the son of Gérard Lanctôt, an associate of Quebec Nazi leader Adrien Arcand,[3] is a former member of the FLQ, a terrorist separatist group. He was one of the FLQ members who kidnapped James Cross, a British diplomat in October 1970.

Cross was released, and Lanctôt and the other kidnappers were allowed to leave Canada.[2] Lanctôt returned to Canada in 1979, and served two years in prison. Following his release he set up a publishing house.

He is currently a columnist for the Quebecor francophone news service Canoe.ca[4]


  1. ^ "En bref - Jacques Lanctôt doit fermer son café-librairie". Le Devoir. 17 April 2007. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  2. ^ a b "The lesson Lanctôt failed to learn". Montreal Gazette. 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2010-04-20. Jacques Lanctôt has, as the saying goes, paid his debt to society. He was one of the Front de libération du Québec thugs who kidnapped British diplomat James Cross in 1970. 
  3. ^ l'embrasement du monde
  4. ^ http://fr.canoe.ca/infos/chroniques/jacqueslanctot/archives/2015/05/20150529-095040.html