Chinese hoping French class is ticket out of China

LOUISE WATT Associated Press Published:

BEIJING (AP) -- Thousands of people in China are trying to write their own ticket out of the country -- in French.

Chinese desperate to emigrate have discovered a backdoor into Canada that involves applying for entry into the country's francophone province of Quebec -- as long as you have a good working knowledge of the local lingo.

So, many Chinese are busy learning to speak French.

Despite China's growing prosperity and clout, more and more of its citizens are rushing to the exits, eager to provide better education prospects for their children and escape from their country's long-standing problems, including hazardous pollution and contaminated food.