French Americans (French: Franco-Américains) are citizens or nationals of the United States who identify themselves with having full or partial French (and minority French Canadian) heritage, ethnicity, and/or ancestral ties. Sometimes referred to as Franco-Americans, members of this group are also those who have declared allegiance either informally or formally to both France and the United States of America. People with dual citizenship of both France and the United States are commonly referred to as French-Americans.
As of January 2018, the largest population of French American people are in the state of Maine. The state is home to the largest French-speaking population in the country (Lewiston) and the largest concentration of people of French extraction (Madawaska). The second largest state housing French Americans is Louisiana. The largest French-speaking population (in terms of percentage of speakers) in the U.S. is found in St. Martin Parish.
Country-wide, there are about 10.4 million U.S. residents that declare French ancestry or French Canadian descent, and about 1.32 million speak French at home as of 2010 census. An additional 750,000 U.S. residents speak a French-based creole language, according to the 2011 American Community Survey.
While Americans of French descent make up a substantial percentage of the American population, French Americans are arguably less visible than other similarly sized ethnic groups. This is in part due to the tendency of French American groups to identify more closely with "New World" regional identities such as Acadian, Brayon, Cajun, or Louisiana Creole than as a coherent group. This has inhibited the development of a unified French American identity as is the case with other European American ethnic groups.
The French language is spoken as a minority language in the United States. According to year 2000 census figures, 1.6 million Americans over the age of five speak the language at home; making French the fourth most-spoken language in the country, behind English, Spanish, and Chinese. French-speaking communities have historically been located in southern Louisiana and in northern New England. French is the second most-spoken language in four states: Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
There are four major groups of French dialects that came to be spoken in what is now the United States: Louisiana French, Missouri French, Acadian, Quebec French (or New England French) and European French.
French has traditionally been the foreign language of choice for English-speakers across the globe. That distinction has since been claimed by Spanish, particularly in the United States – likely a consequence of heavy immigration from, and increased general interest in, Latin America. French is currently the second-most studied foreign language in the country, behind Spanish and ahead of German. Read more...
Madonna (born Madonna Louise Ciccone; August 16, 1958) is an American recording artist, actress and entrepreneur. Born in Bay City, Michigan, she moved to New York City in 1977 to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she released her debut album in 1983. She followed it with a series of albums in which she found immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Throughout her career, many of her songs have hit number one on the record charts, including "Like a Virgin", "Papa Don't Preach", "Like a Prayer", "Vogue", "Frozen", "Music", "Hung Up", and "4 Minutes". Madonna has been praised by critics for her diverse musical productions while at the same time serving as a lightning rod for religious controversy. Read more...
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Paul LePage, Governor of Maine
Paul Richard LePage was elected 74th Governor of Maine and took office on January 15th, 2011. He is the first Franco-American Governor of the state of Maine, born in Lewiston, Maine. A Republican, he was previously mayor of Waterville from 2003 to 2011. He worked in the private sector as general manager of the 14-store discount chain, Marden's Surplus and Salvage, from 1996 to 2011.