Profile of the month : Francine Brault Marigaux

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Discover Francine Brault Marigaux, member of ACP

Francine Brault Marigaux


How I landed in ACP

Since 1970, my life has been divided between France and Quebec, where I still have my family. Around 1994, when I was about to take early retirement, Lyse Guéry had the brilliant idea of introducing me to the ACP. I made some REAL friends.


What I do for a living

I've had several jobs in various fields: Reader, editorial assistant: Selection of the Reader's Digest Montreal and Paris Office Manager: Cambridge Systems Group, IT Bilingual executive secretary: - Seminar de Mathématiques Supérieures, Univ. de Montréal - Filtest, cleanroom manufacturer - Photowatt, photovoltaic panel manufacturer - Copernicus, IT


The trip that made the biggest impression on me ?

During my year in Hong Kong, I went with my sister down the Lijiang River (WONDERFUL) to Guilin, where a "tourist trap" lured me: a scooter trip for a meal in deep China. We set off in a sidecar with our guide's family. Shopping at the market ... straw huts, no electricity, mattresses on dirt, "toilets" with legs spread over a trench. On the way back under the moonlight: flat tire. Our guide leaves us at the side of the road and sets off on foot to find a spare tire. We waited for him "barely" 1 hour to see him all smiles, returning from this ADVENTURE.


My favourite place in France or Canada

I'm deeply URBAN at heart, but I love the horizon and the seaside. So: La Baule, Ile de Ré, Antibes and Les Baux de Provence remain my favorite places. In Quebec, I'm loyal to the Richelieu of my childhood for apple orchards and sunsets over the river: Mont Saint-Hilaire and Beloeil.


My passions and / or my hidden talent ?

Bridge is not only a passion but also a «vital need of the mind» And I always enjoyed to plan trips.


What I learned in life

Life has taught me to "think positive" and to "count your blessings", which have become my mottos.


My favourite bar-restaurant in France and Canada ?

My favorite restaurant in Paris, Le Relais de Venise (L'Entrecôte de la Porte Maillot) and recently with the ACP: Le Poinçon, incredible Sunday brunch-jazz. And in Montreal, 2 restos that have disappeared since the COVID: Chez Sophie on Notre-Dame Street and MuvBox on de la Commune Street on the Port of Mtl for the famous LOBSTER ROLL. I'd also like to add the Bar-resto Le Graffiti on Cartier Street in Quebec City.


My favourite ACP activity?

The Galette at the Residence of the Canadian Embassy is always an unforgettable event.

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