French immigrants find Canada the land of opportunity

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Since the economic meltdown six years ago French immigration to Canada has exploded, with 34,619 new residents between 2008 and 2012.

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For many Canadians, France is a dream country. Just say the word, and one’s mind is flooded with the fantasy of rain-soaked Paris cobblestones, Monet-like fields of lavender and kisses in the moonlight. Legions of schoolgirls plaster posters of Paris, its most fabled city, on their dorm-room walls, and it has become something of a right-of-passage for young people fresh out of university to stop over as they backpack through Europe, reports the Ottawa Citizen.