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Looks like the Daily News took a cue from a previous blog post. They even quote my landlord/butcher.

French government officials estimate there are as many as 20,000 French residents in Brooklyn, more than in Manhattan, with the largest concentration in Carroll Gardens. Butcher John McFadden, whose family owns Staubitz Meat Market, has seen a surge in demand for French-style racks of lamb, boeuf bourguignon and filet mignon. “It’s doubled, tripled, recently,” McFadden said. “It’s good for us.”

The area’s French floodgates opened in 2007, when Public School 58 – once so staunchly Italian it was known as “Our Lady of 58” – launched a French dual-language program.

“We have people moving into the neighborhood just to be part of the French program,” said PS58 Principal Giselle Gault McGee, adding that the school routinely gets inquiries from families in France. “Now that the school is offering a dual-language program in French, everybody’s moving there,” said Fabrice Jaumont, an education official at the French Embassy, which jointly opened the PS 58 program and others across the city.

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Written by Jon Cronin

March 9, 2009 at 17:52

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