n'est pas un pays, c'est l'hiver Mon
jardin ce n'est pas un jardin, c'est la plaine Mon
chemin ce n'est pas un chemin, c'est la neige Mon
pays ce n'est pas un pays, c'est l'hiver Gilles
The most famous French line:
voulez-vous coucher avec moi ?
French throughout the ages has influenced many
languages like Vietnamese, Romanian, Turkish,
Farsi, Arabic, German, Russian (Incidentally, the
Russian royal family would spend their summer
in the south of France "annually".), and English
in particular after the Norman (French) conquest
of England with the battle of Hastings in 1066.
(This later led to the invasion of France by the
English and St. Joan of Arc's (Sainte Jeanne
valiant attempt to fend off the English
off in the Hundred Years' War - circa 1430. britannica.com/event/Battle-of-Hastings
See: British History
French was the mother tongue of every English king
from William the
Conqueror (1066–1087) until Henry
"Anglo-Norman/English nobles continued to speak
French as their first
language until the 17th Century.
To this day, the Queen opens
Parliament in Norman."
"Some accounts indicate that French continued to
be the main lingua
franca of English nobility until
well into the 17th Century and is
still a required
language of future monarchs, at least in written
"French was the official language of England ...
for about 600 years
..., simply because the rulers
of the country spoke it."
"Modern English vocabulary is about 40%+ Nor-
man/Latin in origin, and
the grammar and syntax
of Modern English and Modern French both also
descend from Norman/Old French."
French, today, is one of the prominent languages
of the United Nations
and is still learned by the
intelligencia around the world.
nale de la Francophonie (OIF)] brings together
nations and 10 regions where French
L'ensemble des pays où l'on parle le français
s'appelle la francophonie.
THE QUEEN SPEAKS FRENCH
- as well as the
Japanese emperors for some
Interestingly, well-known Asian communist lea-
ders spent several years
in France like Zhou Enlai
from China, a key member of the Chinese
Communist Party, who was in Paris from 1921
till 1924, as well as Deng Xioaping
and studied in France in the 1920s arriving there
as a teenager. He later became China's leader
after the death of Mao Zedong from
1977 till 1989
intoducing the four (4) modernizations: economy,
agriculture, science, and defence.
Today, France remains the world's *TOP* TOURIST DESTINATION.
All these things contibute to French being A HIGH
well worth learning.
É(eh)PC is committed to promoting French in
Canada and throughout
"Il fait bon vivre en
français." (It feels good to live
in French.) [É(eh)PC President/Party Leader]