They Left Canada for ISIS. Should They Be Allowed Home?
In Quebec, they’re known to some as F.F.F.’s, French from France. While they’re not taking over the province, their growing numbers have become impossible to ignore in parts of Montreal. Dan Bilefsky, our correspondent in Montreal, wrote about the new arrivals and has shared some thoughts about the experience:
As a former Paris correspondent, I was especially struck by all the French people living in my Plateau-Mont-Royal neighborhood after I moved to Montreal about a year ago. So I set out to explore how Montrealers felt about the influx of newcomers, many of whom have come to escape economic malaise back home, to study or in search of adventure. I was also interested in learning about whether the French experienced culture shock in a place they had once colonized.
Among those I spoke to was Anièle Lecoq. Ms. Lecoq, a native of Grenoble, in southeast France, emigrated to Quebec in 1978, just two years after the nationalist Parti Québécois was elected for the first time. She recalled that during those heady days, there was a conscious effort in Quebec to distance itself from France in an attempt to affirm an independent and distinct identity.
These days, she said, Montreal was especially appreciated by French people because it offers a “model multicultural society where different ethnicities integrate well while retaining their own identities.”
“Here you will find wines from all over the world when you go to the wine shop,” she said. “In France you will find wines from France.”
[Read: Culture Shock for French in Quebec: ‘We Smoke Cigarettes, They Smoke Pot’]
[Lire en français: Le choc culturel des Français au Québec: «On fume des clopes, ils fument du pot!»]
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