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Is French a Germanic language?

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2012-08-14 04:22:27
2012-08-14 04:22:27

No, it is a Romanic language derived from Latin. The appended language tree shows its roots.

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no french is a romance language and German is a germanic language.

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through german ancestory, who came to greatbritain

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