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France played a major role during the Crusades from 1095 and 1291.

French ( or ) is a of the . It descended from the of the , as did languages such as , , , , and others. French has evolved from Gallo-Romance, the spoken Latin in Gaul, and more specifically in Northern Gaul. Its closest relatives are the other —languages historically spoken in northern France and in southern Belgium, which French () has largely supplanted. French was also by native of Northern Roman like and by the () of the post-Roman invaders. Today, owing to France's past overseas expansion, there are numerous , most notably . A French-speaking person or nation may be referred to as "Francophone" in both English and French.

French is an in , most of which are members of , the community of French-speaking countries. It is spoken as a first language (in descending order of the highest number) in , the Canadian province of , western , the region of in Belgium, , certain parts of and the , and by various communities elsewhere. As of 2015, 40% of the francophone population (including and partial speakers) is in Europe, 35% in sub-Saharan Africa, 15% in North Africa and the Middle East, 8% in the Americas, and 1% in Asia and Oceania.

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In all major cities, there are multiple companies offering residential broadband service. Typical prices are €30 a month for unmetered ADSL (in speeds up to 24 megabits per second), digital HDTV over DSL and free unlimited voice-over-IP phone calls to land lines within France and about twenty other countries (EU,US,...) with external SIP access too (the price includes a modem/routeur/switch with integrated Wi-Fi MiMo access point). Broadband services are very common in France, all over the country.

If you want to sort out your phone before you leave, provides a prepaid service for foreigners coming to France. You do not always need identification at the point-of-purchase but you need to be have your personal details (including an address: your hotel address will do) in-hand to activate the service, even on prepaid lines. Another company that can help you efficiently sort out your international sim card needs is . Their prepaid sim card is one of the cheapest on the market and, since it is a callback service, your can save up to 85% on your roaming charges. Additionally, all incoming sms and Skype calls are free on TravelSim numbers. With this sim card you can easily make phone calls in France and when you go outside of the country.