Canada: The French Connection

Ever since France ceded Canada to Britain in the Treaty of Paris in 1763, the French-speaking province of Quebec has felt itself unhappily isolated. Québecois complain that they are treated as second-class citizens by the English-speaking Canadians. As for Frenchmen, when they noticed Quebec at all, they tended to regard it as a chilly place populated by peasants who spoke an unforgivable French.

No longer. In Canada these days, an eye-rolling love affair is blossoming between Quebec and the France of Charles de Gaulle's politique de grandeur. French Renaults, Peugeots and Citroëns fill the Montreal streets; French wines, Vichy water and...

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