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Old 14-06-2014, 07:50 PM   #273
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Valerie Trierweiler, France's former first lady, has said that hearing news of President Francois Hollande's affair was like falling from a skyscraper..France is divided into 27administrative regions, 22 of which are in Metropolitan France, and 5 of which are overseas. Corsica is a territorial collectivity (French collectivité territoriale), but is considered a region in mainstream usage, and is even shown as such on the INSEE website..The mainland regions and Corsica are each further subdivided into departments, ranging in number from 2 to 8 per region for the metropolitan regions; the overseas regions technically consist of only 1 department each.. The term region was officially created by the Law of Decentralisation (2 March 1982), which also gave regions their legal status. The first direct elections for regional representatives took place on 16 March 1986..In mainland France (X=cluding Corsica), the median land area of a region is 25,809 km² (9,965 sq mi), which is slightly larger than the U.S. state of Vermont, 4% of the median land area of a Canadian province, or 15% larger than the median land area of a German Regierungsbezirk..In 2004, the median population of a region in continental France was 2,329,000 inhabitants,3 quarters of the median population O-f a German Land (state), but more than twice the median population of a Canadian province..

The historical language of Alsace is Alsatian, a Germanic (mainly Alemannic) dialect spoken in Lorraine and across the Rhine, but today most Alsatians speak French, the official language of France. 43% of the adult population, and 3% of children (3–17 years old), stated in 2012 that they speak Alsatian..The place names used in this article are in French; for the German place names..The Duchy of Alsace was a large political subdivision of the Frankish Empire during the last decade and a half of Merovingian rule.. It corresponded to the territory of Alsace and was carved out of southern Austrasia in the last decade of the reign of Dagobert I, probably to stabilise the southern reaches of Austrasia against Alemannia and Burgundy.. By the late Middle Ages, the region was considered part of Swabia..By 1790, the Jewish population of Alsace was approximately 22,500, about 3% of the provincial population. They were highly segregated and subject to long-standing anti-Jewish regulations. They maintained their own customs, Yiddish language, and historic traditions within the tightly-knit ghettos; they adhered to Talmudic law enforced by their rabbis. Jews were barred from most cities and instead lived in villages..In more recent years, Alsatian is again being promoted by local, national and European authorities as an element of the region's identity. Alsatian is taught in schools (but not mandatory) as one of the regional languages of France..She said in an interview she had refused to believe reports of the affair until she saw it in gossip magazine Closer, which printed photos.. German is also taught as a foreign language in local kindergartens and schools. However, the Constitution of France still requires that French be the Only official language of the Republic.. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain..If only you could see what I've seen with your I's! Maybe you're fed up.. Maybe you want to be by yourself.. Who knows? You look down and see a tortoise, Leo.. It's crawling toward you..I've never seen a turtle... But I understand what you mean...

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