why did M. Hamel write, 'Viva La France' on the blackboard in large bold letters/
|"long live France (often said with tongueâinâcheek sarcasm)..|. M.Hamel was unable to speak, as his own sorrow was choking him. He still wanted to express his feelings, and was a true patriot. He wrote with his last ounce of strength "Viva La France" and couldn't say no more. The last lesson was over.