They are from France and adopt Victoriaville

Out of a taste for adventure and discovery, Franck Allain and his wife Justine Kersuzan left everything and sold everything they owned in France to settle in Quebec with their two daughters, Emmy and Camille. And French friends, who settled here, praised them so well in Victoriaville that they made their nest there.

Franck and Justine already knew a little bit about Quebec. They had come there for three weeks without children in 2016 to go on a “road trip”. “In fact, we made the journey to confirm our desire to come here. We were tempted but wanted to discover the regions and culture first. We really liked it,” recalls Justine Kersuzan. At the time, the couple had notably visited Montreal, Sherbrooke, Tadoussac, Lac Saint-Jean, and Mauricie Park. Victoriaville was not on their itinerary. They easily explain their desire to leave France, the Brittany in which they lived. “We wanted new experiences, adventures and discoveries,” emphasizes Justine.

“I would also say, Franck Allain adds, that we wanted to change the context, the country, the culture and the mindset. In France it is different politically and at work than here. It’s not the same culture at all. I think it’s more complicated in France. Everything seems simpler here. †

In addition, de Breton, who has twenty years of experience in IT, quickly found a job at Vertisoft. “Two weeks after my arrival I found a job, while in France you have to fight to find a job. It’s complicated, even if you have the skills,” he notes.

Justine Kersuzan, for her part, works in healthcare and it wasn’t long before she found a job at the Hôtel-Dieu d’Arthabaska. “I am a beneficiary caregiver. I found it pretty quickly. On the other hand, I had to go back to the Vision 2020 vocational training center for a month and a half to validate my skills,” she explains.

Patience

After their “road trip” in 2016, Justine and Franck began their efforts to relocate to Quebec. But they had to be patient. They did not expect that five years would pass before they could realize their project. “We have been waiting for the moment of departure for five years. I started to think it wouldn’t happen again, that we wouldn’t have the papers. However, we knew that our jobs were in high demand. But you must show your references and take a test to prove that you speak French. It took five years, which is a long time. In the end, we stopped believing in it,” says Franck Allain, convinced that the authorities would do well to speed up and improve the process.

Finally they are here. They left their village of 3,000 in Brittany with only two suitcases each to arrive in Victoriaville on September 20. A choice that is not arbitrary. “We didn’t really know where to put our suitcases in the beginning, but we didn’t want a big city,” says Franck. However, we are lucky enough to have some friends who have lived here for two years. That’s kind of why we chose Victoriaville. They sold us the city by bragging about it, a city on a human scale, family. So we made the choice to come to the region. †

Justine points out that they have also explored the possibility of settling in Trois-Rivières or Sherbrooke. “We wanted a place with a hospital so I could work. After all, Victoriaville was an accessible city for us, it was not a big city and there was work, a hospital. We also thought that meeting people in a big city can make things complicated,” she confides.

When they arrived in Bois-Francs, their French friends helped them a lot, they found shelter and even borrowed a car. Today, the family lives in their own house and do not regret their choice. The couple and their two daughters take an active part in the life of the community. They participate in Hop la Ville activities and meet people. They were present at the launch of On sort en ville. In the fall, they went on the Gourmet Walk, discovering local produce, especially maple products, by going to the maple forest and tasting taffy on snow. They also failed to show up at the Plessisville Maple Festival.

And the poutine, what do they think? Well, they are quite mixed. It’s not crazy love. “It’s a bit special, it’s not bad, but it’s a very greasy dish. Occasionally why not, but not every day”, says Franck Allain. “We prefer the cheeses from the Fromagerie du Presbytere in Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick. Those are good cheeses,” says Justine Kersuzan. They also took the trails of Mount Arthabaska, participated in the P’tit Carnaval d’hiver, and attended several Victoriaville Tigres hockey games. They saw shows in Carré 150.

And, of course, they tasted the joys of winter by regularly skiing Mount Gleason, even though some had warned them about Quebec winters. “People warned us that it would be difficult in the winter. We hear stories of Frenchmen who could not endure the winter and who turned discouraged to return. We went really well. We look forward to next winter to resume activities and skiing,” he said. With peaks under their feet, they climbed Mount Ham as the snow melted.

education

Moving across another country is no small feat for anyone, especially children. But everything still went well for Emmy and Camille. “We were happy to come, but also a little sad to leave family, friends and old school with all our friends,” Emmy says. Both girls attend St David’s Primary School, Emmy in 5th grade and Camille in 3rd grade. According to the oldest, the integration went well. ” It was very good. People welcomed us inside and outside the school. It was really cool, Emmy emphasizes. It was very easy to make friends. Girls came up to me and showed me everything. »

“They really appreciated the change,” added mom Justine. It is not the same system as in France. Here the children go to school all week with a 10-day program. In France it is four school days a week. They have less vacation, but are still happy. †

Emmy goes on to say that school is, yes, different, but it’s also less stressful than in France. “When we had exams, I emphasized, the teacher emphasized us, while here the teachers tell us to do our best, to encourage us. It’s no longer a stress at all,” she says. “In France, Franck Allain argues, the teaching and mentality of it has kind of stayed in the past. It’s very strict. You can’t overflow. Teachers put pressure on children very early when it is not justified. Here it is cooler, much more relaxed, we let the children express more. It’s not the same mentality. It’s less rigid.”

A new house

“We immediately felt good. We feel very comfortable. I don’t feel like a foreigner,” says Franck Allain about his new home.

Both Justine and Franck speak of “hospitable, friendly and caring people.

A neighbor spontaneously lent an automatic watering can to Franck who had just laid his sod. “Many people who barely knew us offered their help. Always a heart on hand to help,” he notes.

“When we arrived, the owner, who didn’t know us from Adam or Eve, lent us many things. She didn’t have to. She did it wholeheartedly. We met some really good people,” Justine says.

After five years of trial, having left everything behind and invested in a new home, Justine, Franck and their daughters are determined to settle in Victoriaville, at least for a while. “We don’t know the future, but we didn’t do everything we could to stay for a year. And personally, a return to France would be a bit of an admission of failure after everything we’ve done,” said Franck Allain, who is also going for a new professional start.

On June 6, he launched his own company Temps Expert (www.tempsexpert.com), a company that distributes software for businesses, a tool for managing all the human resources of a company. “It’s a lot, changing countries, starting all over again. But an opportunity presented itself. I then said to myself, as long as possible, let’s go! †

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