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In 1996, France’s population reached 58 million people. Almost three–quarters of the citizens live in urban areas. The capital Paris has about 2.2 million inhabitants; Marseilles is the second most populous city, with just over 800,000 people.

Since prehistoric times, trade, travel, and invasion have shaped France. Three basic European stocks–Celtic, Latin, and Teutonic (Frankish) –have blended over the centuries to make up its present population.

Traditionally, France has had a high level of immigration. Fifty–two percent of France’s noncitizens are southern Europeans. Another 26 percent of the country’s people are North Africans, primarily Algerians.
About 90 percent of the people are Roman Catholic, less than 2 percent are Protestant, and about 1 percent are Jewish. The country’s 1 million Muslims are primarily immigrants.

French is the mother tongue of some 200 million people around the world. It is an official language in Belgium, Canada, Luxembourg and Switzerland, as well as a host of African countries including Zaire and Niger.
To a great extent, French is still seen as the language of diplomacy, both in the European Union and on an international level.

France is mainly dominated by Christianity and Islam.


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