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France and the French World

French versus Spanish: the Truth

Reflection

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France, the second-largest western European country, is larger than California but smaller than Texas. Its population of sixty million is approximately twice that of California or twice that of Canada. It is a very geographically-diverse nation. The highest mountains in Europe, the Alps and the Pyrenees, are both located partially in France. France’s extensive coastline covers the Atlantic Ocean on the west, the English Channel to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The southern shores, on the Med, are renowned for their beaches and tourism. A variety of rivers traverse France, the most notable of which is the Seine, which flows through Paris.

Paris is the capital of France. Referred to often as “the city of light,” Paris is the most often visited city by tourists worldwide. Its restaurants, museums, shopping, historical sites and parks make it a haven for tourists and its importance to international business and politics make it a center for commerce and world affairs. The Paris Métro makes it easy to travel around the city of light.

France is an important member of the European Union, whose parliament is seated in the northeastern city of Strasbourg. Like the United States, France is a multiethnic country, and draws immigrants from all over the world, especially France’s former colonies in Africa and Southeast Asia. France is a democratic nation, with a President and Prime Minister. Its national motto is “Liberté, égalite, fraternité,” “Liberty, equality, brotherhood” and its government is founded on republican ideals with roots in the French revolution. France, like several other European nations, uses the Euro as currency.

France is not, however, the only French-speaking country in the world. French is designated as the first or second official language in over fifty countries, including the United States’ northern neighbor, Canada.

French is the primary language in the Canadian province of Québec, home to both Montréal and Québec City. In Europe, French is commonly spoken Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg and is, besides English, the most frequent second language throughout the continent. A variety of African and Asian nations use French. Further, France’s many overseas departments are actually part of France and, most obviously, speak French. A common tourist destination, Tahiti, is a French speaking island in the pacific (Valette 4-9).
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