The French (French: Français) are an ethnic group and nation who are identified with the country of France. This connection may be ethnic, legal, historical, or cultural. Historically the heritage of the French people is mostly of Celtic or Gallic and Germanic origin, descending from the ancient and medieval populations of Gauls or Celts from the Atlantic to the Rhone Alps, Germanic tribes that settled France from east of the Rhine and Belgium after the fall of the Roman empire such as the Franks, Burgundians, Allemanni, Saxons, Visigoths and Suebi, Latin and Roman tribes such as Ligurians and Gallo-Roman Aquitani, Norse populations largely settling in Normandy at the beginning of the 10th century and “Bretons” (Celtic Britons) settling in Brittany in Western France. France has long been

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  • The French (French: Français) are an ethnic group and nation who are identified with the country of France. This connection may be ethnic, legal, historical, or cultural. Historically the heritage of the French people is mostly of Celtic or Gallic and Germanic origin, descending from the ancient and medieval populations of Gauls or Celts from the Atlantic to the Rhone Alps, Germanic tribes that settled France from east of the Rhine and Belgium after the fall of the Roman empire such as the Franks, Burgundians, Allemanni, Saxons, Visigoths and Suebi, Latin and Roman tribes such as Ligurians and Gallo-Roman Aquitani, Norse populations largely settling in Normandy at the beginning of the 10th century and “Bretons” (Celtic Britons) settling in Brittany in Western France. France has long been a patchwork of local customs and regional differences, and while most French people still speak the French language as their mother tongue, languages like Norman, Occitan, Catalan, Auvergnat, Corsican, Basque, French Flemish, Lorraine Franconian, Alsatian, and Breton remain spoken in their respective regions. Arabic is also widely spoken, arguably the largest minority language in France as of the 21st century (a spot previously held by Breton and Occitan). Modern French society is a melting pot. From the middle of the 19th century, it experienced a high rate of inward migration, mainly consisting of Arab-Berbers, Sub-Saharan Africans, Chinese and other peoples from Africa, the Middle East and East Asia, and the government, defining France as an inclusive nation with universal values, advocated assimilation through which immigrants were expected to adhere to French values and cultural norms. Nowadays, while the government has let newcomers retain their distinctive cultures since the mid-1980s and requires from them a mere integration, French citizens still equate their nationality with citizenship as does French law. In addition to mainland France, French people and people of French descent can be found internationally, in overseas departments and territories of France such as the French West Indies (French Caribbean), and in foreign countries with significant French-speaking population groups or not, such as Switzerland (French Swiss), the United States (French Americans), Canada (French Canadians), Argentina (French Argentines), Brazil (French Brazilians), Chile (French Chileans) and Uruguay (French Uruguayans). (en)
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  • The French (French: Français) are an ethnic group and nation who are identified with the country of France. This connection may be ethnic, legal, historical, or cultural. Historically the heritage of the French people is mostly of Celtic or Gallic and Germanic origin, descending from the ancient and medieval populations of Gauls or Celts from the Atlantic to the Rhone Alps, Germanic tribes that settled France from east of the Rhine and Belgium after the fall of the Roman empire such as the Franks, Burgundians, Allemanni, Saxons, Visigoths and Suebi, Latin and Roman tribes such as Ligurians and Gallo-Roman Aquitani, Norse populations largely settling in Normandy at the beginning of the 10th century and “Bretons” (Celtic Britons) settling in Brittany in Western France. France has long been (en)
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