But not all French people speak French.
“All the French restaurants were closing in New York and the last thing you would do is cook French.
Before that, however, Louisiana and its biggest city, New Orleans, had a French government, followed French customs, and spoke French.
So when Emmanuel Macron told the academicians—modestly known as les immortels—of his ambitions to revitalise French around the world, it was a very French affair indeed.
Political weakness permitted French intervention and expansion.
The Québécois (the French-speaking people of Quebec) wanted to create a French-speaking nation.
French literature is the body of written works in the French language produced by authors from France.
Under French rule the territory known as the Ivory Coast was part of the federation of French West Africa.
Called the Free French, they carried on the fight against Germany under the leadership of the French general Charles de Gaulle.
Because the French economy saw more profit from trade in the West Indies, the French East India Company lacked government support.
The French considered the region ungovernable, and, following Chad’s independence in 1960, BET remained under French military administration.
French Canada was suddenly drawn to French history, French ideas, and the place of France and the French language in the world.
French Academy, French Académie Française, French literary academy, established by the French first minister Cardinal Richelieu in 1634 and incorporated in 1635.
Although intellectuals turn toward France for cultural inspiration, the pronunciation and usage of standard French is sometimes derided by French Canadians; this may be because their English compatriots are taught Parisian French at school.
In the autumn of 1940 the French colonial territories of Chad, Cameroun, Moyen-Congo, French Equatorial Africa, and Oubangi-Chari (all in sub-Saharan Africa) rallied to de Gaulle’s Free France, and the smaller French colonies in India and in the Pacific soon followed suit.
He helped to set up the shared currency of French-speaking African countries, backed by the French central bank, and fostered the cosy relationship between the French government, French companies and African governments which created monopolies in African markets.
…1870), decisive defeat of the French army in the Franco-German War, causing the surrender of Napoleon III and the fall of the Bonaparte dynasty and the Second French Empire; it was fought at the French border fortress of Sedan on the Meuse River, between 120,000 French troops under Marshal Mac-Mahon
French West Africa, French Afrique Occidentale Française (AOF), administrative grouping under French rule from 1895 until 1958 of the former French territories of West Africa: Senegal, French Guinea, the Ivory Coast, and the French Sudan, to which Dahomey was added in 1899.
Although Chambers declined an invitation in 1739 to publish a French edition of his Cyclopædia, a projected French translation of the work became the starting point for L’Encyclopédie, the great 18th-century French encyclopaedia edited by the French philosopher and translator Denis Diderot and the French mathematician Jean d’Alembert.
French East India Company, byname of (1664–1719) Compagnie Française des Indes Orientales (French: “French Company of the East Indies”), or (1719–20) Compagnie des Indes (“Company of the Indies”), or (1720–89) Compagnie Française des Indes (“French Company of the Indies”), any of the French trading companies established in the 17th and 18th centuries to oversee French commerce with India, eastern Africa, and other territories of the Indian Ocean and the East Indies.
- United States sculptor who created the seated marble figure of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. (1850-1931)
- of or pertaining to France or the people of France
Example: French cooking
- the Romance language spoken in France and in countries colonized by France
- the people of France
- cut (e.g, beans) lengthwise in preparation for cooking
Example: French the potatoes
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