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Yin Shanshan, who plans to study for a master's degree in Canada, checks her textbook during a French course of Alliance Francaise, an organization that promotes French language and culture, in Tianjin, China. Thousands of people in China are trying to gain enough proficiency in French to emigrate to Quebec. (Associated Press)

Yin Shanshan, who plans to study for a master's degree in Canada, checks her textbook during a French course of Alliance Francaise, an organization that promotes French language and culture, in Tianjin, China. Thousands of people in China are trying to gain enough proficiency in French to emigrate to Quebec. (Associated Press)

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