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    Exactly How German Are the French?

    I ask this because of the historical Frankish roots of modern-day French. We know that there was a large migration of Franks from areas of West Germany and the Netherlands to Gaul after the Western Roman Empire collapsed. The Franks then formed the foundation of what would become the Carolingian Empire, and then the modern notion of France. So are the French as Gallic as they like to think? Also, was the number of Franks that settled in Gaul on the same scale as the number of Angles, Saxons, and Jutes that settled the in the British Isles? Did these Franks have a significant impact on the Genetic make-up on the French people of today?

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    Good questions. I'd be interested to know the answers to them as well.

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    there were heavily influenced by the germanic people before the romans had its say on gaul
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    They are more Nordid in Normandy and Brittany. I am told some even have red hair.

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    They are more Nordid in Normandy and Brittany. I am told some even have read hair.
    This is certainly true of the Bretons, who are essentially Celts.

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    So how Germanic do you think the average Frenchman in Paris would be?

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    So how Germanic do you think the average Frenchman in Paris would be?
    Gray, I think I know what you're asking here but Paris is possibly the worst example you could have picked

    I would hazard a guess and say 30% (no kidding!!) but, due to the size of the country, there are still a lot of rural areas where the inhabitants have kept their lineage more or less intact. As you go down the eastern border there are many local populations I reckon you could classify as Germanic, from Pas-de-Calais in the north through Alsace, Lorraine and as far down as the Rhone-Alps region.

    One shouldn't overlook Normandy either, which is in the N/N.E. but I've seen people there with blond hair (unusual in France!) that wouldn't have looked out of place in Scandinavia. Then again, Normandy was always more Viking than French

    That's the way I see it anyway, although I'm not an expert in this field; I've just travelled a fair bit over there. Despite the exceptions I've mentioned, I'd have to say that France overall is just one big multicultural mess and most cities of any decent size resemble places in North Africa rather than Europe

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    Yeah, it makes sense that most of them would be located in Normany.

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    5% or so, Normandy/Brittany more than the rest, but still only a few, I was actually surprised how many swarthy people there were.
    The French revolution was a racial atrocity where the Nordic element was more or less purged.
    "Nothing is more disgusting than the majority: because it consists of a few powerful predecessors, of rogues who adapt themselves, of weak who assimilate themselves, and the masses who imitate without knowing at all what they want." (Johann Wolfgang Goethe)

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    what's with those bulging negrofied black eyes they often have?

    Is this from the last few hundred years of reverse african colonization or is it more to do with being closer to the meditarenian?

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