The integration of visual material into the foreign language classroom offers many advantages to both teacher and student. Political drawings are of particular value in that they are concise, manageable texts that open onto a wealth of social, political, and cultural references. Because of their visual and linguistic economy, they lend themselves to variegated uses that can be expanded or contracted according to the time constraints and objectives of a given pedagogical module. In this presentation, strategies are shared as to how to use political cartoons to help students of French develop critical thinking skills and cultural and visual literacy. The cartoons included in the presentation are thematically clustered around the subject of immigration.