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Alsace-Lorraine: French or German Originally? Posted by on Mar 31, 2013

No region has caused a more serious headache to both France and Germany than that of the Alsace-Lorraine, or as the Germans call it: Elsass-Lothringen. To this day, some people still wonder: Is it originally French or German? Starting from the mid-seventeenth century, the Alsace-Lorraine was French, no question about it. That is, until it was…

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Common French Words with “Gaulois” Origin, Part 2 Posted by on Feb 8, 2011

* Caillou: Pebble—Obélix carrying a “caillou” of rather huge proportions: It’s actually called a “menhir”! * * * * Changer: To change * * * * Char: Chariot, or tank—As in “le char Leclerc!“ * * * * Chemin: Path—Think “Sur le chemin de la vie” (“On the Path of Life” by Gérard Lenorman) * * * * Chemise: Shirt—Think “Tomber la chemise”…

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