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French people

French people
Total population

c. 93 million
(Full or partial French ancestry
and citizenship worldwide)

66.73 million
(French citizens worldwide)
Regions with significant populations
 France 66,736,000(2016)
(Including all the overseas departments)
 United States 10,329,465
(Includes French Canadian Americans)
 Argentina 6,800,000
 Canada 5,077,215 (2011 Census)
 Chile 700,000
 Brazil 500,000–1,000,000
 Uruguay 300,000
 Peru 255,000
 Italy 250,000
  Switzerland 158,862
 Germany 126,739
(French citizens)
 United Kingdom 126,049
 Madagascar 124,000
 Belgium 123,076
 Australia 118,000
 Morocco 100,000
Related ethnic groups

c. 93 million
(Full or partial French ancestry
and citizenship worldwide)


The French (French: Français) are the various individuals or groups of people associated with France. This connection may be legal, historical, or cultural.

Descending from diverse peoples of Celtic (Gauls) origin, later mostly mixing with Italic peoples (Romans and Ligurians), and Germanic origin, which is a minority per genetic evidence (Franks, mainly in the Northeast of France), whereas the ethnonym that referred to German-speaking Franks survived to be applied to modern French. France was still a patchwork of local customs and regional differences in the late 19th century. French people speak the French language as their mother tongue, but certain languages like Norman, Occitan, Catalan, Auvergnat, Corsican, Basque, French Flemish, Franconian and Breton remain spoken in certain regions (see Language policy in France).

Modern French society can be considered a melting pot, since it experienced a high rate of inward migration from the middle of the 19th century, and the government, defining France as an inclusive nation with universal values, used to advocate assimilation through which immigrants were expected to adhere to French traditional values and cultural norms. Since the mid-1980s, the government has let newcomers retain their distinctive cultures and traditions and required from them a mere integration but French citizens have equated their nationality with citizenship however, as French law still does so.


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