France, meet Canada

I met a woman from France yesterday. Her name was… France.

I’ve met people named France before, but they were all Québécoises — with maybe the odd Belgian in there somewhere. I can understand when members of the French diaspora use the name "France," for reasons of nostalgia or perhaps envy — but for a native? It just seems odd.

To protest, I suggested to Martine that we have a baby and name it "Canada Quebec Pagé-Hawco."

Oddly, she didn’t like the idea.