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    As the original poster of this thread, I have to say that I consider France to almost always have had three Indo-European metaethnic components (Basque the other), of varying degrees and sizes. In today's age, only Flanders and Alsace-Lorraine are Germanic, only Brittany is Celtic, with everywhere else Romance (originally Greek)--but that hasn't always been the case. The Three Estates of the Realm are: Romance Priests, Germanic Princes, Celtic Peasants. France wasn't called First Daughter of Holy Mother Church for no reason, while the cause of anticlericalism and irreligion owes its origin to the fact that Romance has always been imposed via Provence (in tandem to Greek Marseilles).

    Whatever the past tribal fragmentation of France, today's demographic distribution makes as much sense as pre-Voelkerwanderung arrangements, although the proportions and sizes are different. That being said, while the vast majority of France is now Romance and probably just as receptive to ancient (Greco-)Roman culture, why shouldn't the Salians of Flanders and Ripuarians of Alsace-Lorraine venerate their Die Nibelungenlied, or the Celtic Bretons put forth their legends of Arthur and Vercingetorix? The names of the people had always been either Gaul or Frank, with or without (Greco-)Roman interference.

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    In today's age, only Flanders and Alsace-Lorraine are Germanic, only Brittany is Celtic, with everywhere else Romance (originally Greek)
    I've just read this thread with great interest

    As some previous posters have done, I would also add Normandy to the above list ^

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    Genetically, it's common for Normans to cluster with English or Germans. I don't know about Bretons.

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    The Bretons tend to have their own sense of identity and a separatist movement similar to that of the Cornish in England.

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    Jean-Marie Le Pen is a Breton, BTW

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