What is France in French?

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What is ‘France’ in French? This might be an easy question for francophiles and francophones to answer, but we should never take for granted that for many the answer is not so obvious. So here is how French speakers say it… with further explanation to learn about the word.


What is ‘France’ in French?

The answer is simply… FRANCE!

For those of you who can read IPA, just be aware that the word is pronounced: \fʁɑ̃s\ in French.

The translation of the word ‘French‘ in French is français (masc.) and française (fem.).


Interesting facts about the name ‘France’

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  • France derives from Latin Francia which referred to a Germanic tribe, the Franks (or gens Francorum). In the 3rd century AD the Franks were living in the Rhineland before merging with the Gauls in the following centuries. Their ruler Charlemagne was crowned as an Emperor by Pope Leo III in 800 AD.
  • France is known as Frankreich in German, Frankrijk in Dutch, Francia in Italian and Spanish, and França in Portuguese.
  • New France (Nouvelle-France) refers to the area colonised by France in North America (1534-1763). It once included Quebec, Acadia, Newfoundland (Plaisance), and Louisiana. Today, two tiny islands are remnant of this vast French colonial territory: Saint-Pierre and Miquelon (off the coast of Newfoundland).
  • The proper noun has many related terms such as: francophile (a person who loves France), francophone (a person who speaks French), French without forgetting the popular Tour de France bicycle race!
  • The official name of the country of France is ‘French Republic’ (République française).
  • France can be used as a female first name: France Gall, Marie-France
  • France is also a surname: Anatole France (1844-1924) was a French poet, journalist, and novelist.
  • France is related to François and Françoise.
  • The verlan word for France is Céfran. Verlan is a type of slang in which the order of the syllables or sounds of words is changed.
  • The capital of France is Paris. And by the way, in French Paris is pronounced without the ’s’:


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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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