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French signage makes a foothold in Queen City

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Ricardo Gervais visits the Queen City every chance he gets. And now when he parks in downtown Burlington, new signs on parking meters displayed in English and French will greet the Canadian tourist.

"I know that we really fond of Burlington, so this is a nice thing to do," Gervais said.

"There were about 700 stickers distributed -- really focused on the downtown," said Linda Pervier with The Alliance Francaise.

The new stickers were introduced by The Alliance Francaise after a resolution of French friendliness was passed by the Burlington City Council. The city hopes the small gesture will send a huge welcome to visitors from our neighboring province.

"Just a little bit of accommodation here and there with a parking meter sticker or a few words in French as you greet them, really makes that visitor feel at home," Pervier said.

And Canadian visitors couldn't be happier.  "I think it's a good idea because, as I said, there are a lot of Quebecers who are visitors here," said Canadian resident Marc Saint Louis.

The new meter signs in Burlington are just one way of welcoming Canadian tourists to Vermont. The Alliance Francaise hopes to continue bringing culture to Burlington with more french signage. "We are definitely going to find room for a few french words here and there in the new signage system," Pervier said.

And more culture means a city where everyone feels welcome.  "We love Burlington," Gervais said.

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