(asked by David B. from Québec)
For the French, Canada is composed by two populations:
-The English speakers that are all over Canada except Québec and that are either no different from Americans, or simply irrelevant.
-The French speakers that are in Québec and only in Québec.
-All the other ones (francophones outside of Québec, non-francophones in Québec, natives, etc.) simply don’t exist.
And so, what do the French think about Franco-Québécois?
A few things…
-They think they speak funny, but delusional anti-Anglo French (the Anti-American ones, and the ones that are convinced that English is going to destroy the French language) love French Canadians for the resistance they symbolize against the Anglo enemy.
But be aware that those Talibans of the French language love the Québécois in Québec, but when really confronted to them they can be very condescending, after all, Québécois don’t speak the “real” French according to them, just a bastardized French that just good enough as a wall against English.
-The second main issue with the Québécois and the French is : the Franco-Québécois singer issue. As our English-speaking readership may not be aware of, France is literally invaded by Franco-Québécois singers… Actually France has really few French singers, most of them really come from Belgium and Canada.
Why is that? Well, I think it makes sense when you’re a Franco-Québécois singer that if you have a potential market of 60 million people on the other side of the ocean why get stuck with your home market of 7 millions? Also, they’re somewhat exotic in France, which is always a good marketing tool.
And one thing everyone must be aware of, is that the French population is divided in two irreconcilable sides when it comes to Franco-Québécois singers in France.
On one side, you have people with no musical taste and/or standards whatsoever and they love them, they really are their favorite singers.
On the other side, you have people with musical taste/culture/standards, and they can’t stand Franco-Québécois singers, and they hate the Québecois for sending them to us. (you must be aware that Céline Dion has been huge since the early 80′s in France… yes… I know… I thank the Lord every day since the day she decided to move to the US and have a career there, except for the time when I lived in the US).
And actually I have a question for any Franco-Québécois that would read those lines: Why do your singers suck so much? Is that all because of the trend that Starmania started? Or were they terrible before that? Or do you have good ones, but you keep them to yourselves and prevent them from crossing the ocean?
Finally, I can’t talk about Franco-Québécois and the French without talking about Marcel Béliveau. Know that the French love Marcel Béliveau, that he may be the funniest thing that ever came from the Americas for them, and it doesn’t matter that he hasn’t been seen for more than 10 years, all the French still love him and miss him dearly. If you’re a Franco-Québécois and need a conversation starter with a French person, just mention Marcel Béliveau.