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Sovereigntist Quebec lawyer satisfied Canadiens captain spoke French

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QUEBEC - Saku Koivu's display of rudimentary French at a Montreal Canadiens home game last week is good enough for the sovereigntist Quebec City lawyer who criticized him.

Guy Bertrand had openly questioned the Finnish captain's lack of French during team introductions at the Canadiens home opener.

Bertrand says he now considers the case closed.

The outspoken Quebec City lawyer had criticized Koivu for not learning a word of French despite 12 seasons in Montreal.

Bertrand launched his salvos during provincial hearings on the so-called "reasonable accommodation" of minorities in Quebec.

Koivu introduced the Canadiens starting lineup in a mix of French and English before a home game last Thursday.

Bertrand says other Montreal players should consider learning French to improve their public image.

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