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The French (French: Français) are a naition that share a common French cultur an speak the French leid as a mither tongue. Historically, the French population are stryndit frae fowks o Celtic, Laitin an Germanic oreegin, an are the day a mixtur o several ethnic groups. Athin Fraunce, the French are defined bi citizenship, regairdless o ancestry or kintra o residence.[25]

French fowk

French people - mosaic.PNG Notable individuals, frae left tae richt:

Row 1:Joan o AircJacques CartierRené DescartesMolièreBlaise PascalLouis XIV o FraunceVoltaireDenis DiderotNapoleon

Row 2:Victor HugoAlexandre Dumas, pèreÉvariste GaloisLouis PasteurJules VerneGustave EiffelPierre de CoubertinHenri de Toulouse-LautrecMarie Curie

Row 3:Marcel ProustCharles de GaulleJosephine BakerJacques-Yves CousteauAlbert CamusÉdith PiafFrançois MitterrandBrigitte BardotZinedine Zidane
Tot population
c. 110 million e
Regions wi signeeficant populations
 Fraunce 64,300,000[1]
 Unitit States (French ancestry) 11,500,000a[2]
 Canadae 10,421,365b
 Argentinae 6,800,000[3]
 Belgium 6,200,000[4]
 Brazil 1,000,000[6]
 Chile 700,000.[7]
 Italy 250,000[8]
 Peru 230,000.[9]
 Madagascar 123,954c.[10]
 Australie 117,521c[11][12]
 Germany 104,085[13]
 Spain 100,408[14]
  Swisserland 95,000[15]
 Israel 85,000[16]
 Mexico 60,000[17]
 Portugal 35,000[18]
 Luxembourg 25,200[19]
 Mauritius 24,000c
 Cambodie 16,200b[20]
 Lebanon 15,000[20]
 Sirie 13,000[20]
 Ecuador 11,000.[20]
 Hong Kong 10,456[21][22]
 Monaco 9,800.[23]
 Ireland 9,749[24]
 Japan 8,423
Majority : Nan-releegious (Atheism, Agnosticism an Deism), Roman Catholicism. Minority : Islam, Judaism, Protestantism, Buddhism, Neo-paganism, Hinduism, ithers.
Relatit ethnic groups

Ither Laitin pfowks: Spaingies, Portuguese, Italians
Various Germanic fowks (due tae Frankish auncestry) : Germans, Dutch, English

Various Celtic fowks (due tae Gallo-Roman ancestry) : Erse, Bretons, Welsh, Cornish

a includin 2,080,000 o French Canadian ancestry

b Including bodies o pairtial French ancestry
c Including ancestry an birth
d French born fowk wur residin in the durin the 2001 Census

e Includin those wi French ancestry

Housomeivver, the wird can refer tae fowk o French strynd who are foond in ither countries an aw, wi significant French-speakin population groups or no, sic as Argentinae (French Argentines), Brazil (French Brazilians), French Wast Indies (the French Caribbean fowk), Canadae (French Canadians) an the Unitit States (French Americans), an some o thaim hae a French cultural identity.


  1. (in French) Bilan démographique 2008 - INSEE (Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques - French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies)
  2. "B04003. Total Ancestry Reported". 2008 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  3. "Les merveilleux francophiles argentins-1". Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  4. SPF Intérieur - Office des Étrangers[deid airtin]
  5. "Vivre à l'étranger". 
  6. "Vivre à l'étranger". Ils ont été 100 000 à émigrer dans ce pays entre 1850 et 1965 et auraient entre 500 000 et 1 million de descendants. 
  7. "La influencia francesa en la vida social de Chile de la segunda mitad del siglo XIX" (PDF). Archived frae the oreeginal (PDF) on 2004-02-06. Los datos que poseía el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Francia en Chile al año 2008, tal como lo consignaba el Ministerio Plenipotenciario Francés en Chile, a un número cercano a los 700.000 descendientes de franceses en Chile.. 
  8. "French Ethnic People in all Countries". Joshua Project. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  9. Erwin Dopf. "Inmigración francesa al Perú". Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  10. Kevin Shillington, Encyclopedia of African History, CRC Press, 2005, pp. 878-883
  11. "20680-Ancestry (full classification list) by Sex - Australia" (Microsoft Excel download). 2006 Census. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  12. "20680-Country of Birth of Person (full classification list) by Sex - Australia" (Microsoft Excel download). 2006 Census. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  13. "Federal Statistical Office Germany". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  14. "Población por nacionalidad y país de nacimiento. 2007. INE". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  15. "Etat et structure de la population – Données détaillées, Population résidante selon le sexe et la nationalité par pays, (su-f-, Office fédéral de la statistique OFS". 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  16. "Jew, French Speaking Ethnic People in all Countries". Joshua Project. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  17. "Les Barcelonnettes au Mexique". On estime à 60 000 les descendants des Barcelonnettes, dispersés sur tout le territoire mexicain. 
  18. (in Portuguese) Imigração e Racismo: dez anos nos media
  19. "État de la population (x1000) 1981, 1991, 2001–2007". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 "Afghani, Tajik of Afghanistan Ethnic People Profile". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  21. Bettina Wassener (February 27, 2012). French Expatriates Flocking to Hong Kong. New York Times, Global Business. Retrieved on: 2013-01-03.
  23. "General Population Census 2008: Population Recensee et Population Estimee" (PDF) (in French). Government of the Principality of Monaco. 2008. Archived frae the oreeginal (PDF) on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  24. "CSO Emigration" (PDF). Census Office Ireland. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  25. "Fraunce shall be an indiveesible, secular, democratic an social Republic. It shall ensure the equality o aw citizens afore the law, wioot distinction o origin, race or releegion", Constitution of 4 October 1958