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The French (Français) are a Western European nation that share a common French culture and speak the French language as a mother tongue. Historically, the French population are descended from peoples of Celtic, Romance, and Germanic origin and are today a mixture of several ethnic groups. Within France, the French are defined by citizenship, regardless of ancestry or country of residence.

However, the word can also refer to people of French descent who are found in other countries, with significant French-speaking population groups or not, such as Canada (French Canadians), United States (French Americans), Argentina (French Argentines), United Kingdom (French British), Brazil (French Brazilians) and French West Indies (French Caribbean), and some of them have a French cultural identity.

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