Fred Schneider moved from France to the Montreal neighborhood of the Plateau. He performs self-mocking songs about the French “occupying” the area.

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For The New York Times


MONTREAL DISPATCH

Culture Shock for French in Quebec: 

‘We Smoke Cigarettes, They Smoke Pot’


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Treats at Kouign Amann, one of the oldest bakeries in Montreal, which specializes in making a type of cake from the Brittany region in France.

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Salomé Zimmerlin, a fashion designer from France, said she was was initially taken aback by Quebecers use of the informal pronoun “tu” rather than the more formal “vous” even when addressing strangers, though she quickly embraced the informality.

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A shot of The English Pug bronze sculpture as it gives a superior stare at Notre-Dame Basilica, symbol of the religious influence on French Canadians.

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"Some of the downsides that have been very apparent for me have been employment." French Quebecois fine art student Charlotte PIgeon.

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A mural of the late singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen painted by Kevin Ledo in the old Saint-Laurent neighbourhood in downtown Montreal.

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Anièle Lecoq, a longtime member of Montreal’s “French From France” community.

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For French in Montreal, poutine, the gravy-drenched cheese fries beloved in Quebec, can be a culture shock.

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Adeline Alleno moved to Montreal two years ago because she was curious and wanted to know more about Quebec. "The cold and the French Québécois accent" Adeline said when asked about her biggest culture shock.

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A late night shot during a snow blizzard in downtown Montreal.

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Mathic Pierresteguy makes fresh croissants at Kouing Amann bakery in downtown Montreal in Le Plateau district, a popular hangout amongst the French.

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French management students during dinner at Dumpling Imagine in Le Plateau district, a popular neighbourhood amongst French people in downtown Montreal.

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French Patissier and entrepreneur Marie Charlotte poses for a portrait at her vegan patisserie Dugout in the French popular district of Le Plateau at Duluth Street.

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The Plateau neighborhood is replete with French residents, French bakeries and Parisian accents.

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