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Jacques Villeneuve on Quebec Protesters

Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Race-car champion Jacques Villeneuve has apparently received threats since he blasted Quebec’s student movement in a memorable five-minute diatribe.

Villeneuve would not provide details but said Friday he had received some “dangerous” emails since the previous evening. People were reacting to his lengthy criticism of the student protests which he characterized as, among other things, an international embarrassment.

The comments caused quite a stir.

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Villeneuve was instantly catapulted into a starring role in a four-month dispute that has made international news. With Quebec celebrities mainly remaining silent or lining up behind the protesters, the race-car driver was suddenly the movement’s most famous, most virulent critic.

‘We received a pack of injurious and insulting emails, even some that were dangerous’

Thousands have since been weighing in on social-media sites — with some supporting him, many castigating him, and almost nobody expressing indifference.

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