FranÃ§oise is Artâ€™s wife. She has converted to Judaism in order to appease Vladek. In the story, FranÃ§oise serves as a kind of sounding board for Artâ€™s ideas, questioning and challenging at times, supportive in others. Born French, FranÃ§oise is not the child of Holocaust survivors. Her response to Artâ€™s ideas is a way for the many readers who may not share Art's background to relate to the text.