Flanders, French

Flanders, French,

region of N France, on the North Sea and along the Belgian border. It is coextensive with Nord dept. The area is studded with important industrial cities and historic towns and was once a rich coal-mining region. It was incorporated into France in 1678 by Louis XIV and was a province until the French Revolution. LilleLille
, city (1990 pop. 178,301), capital of Nord dept., N France, near the Belgian border. With its central position in NW Europe, Lille became a great commercial, cultural, and manufacturing center, long known for its textile products—notably lisle (the name is derived
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 was the provincial capital, DouaiDouai
, town (1990 pop. 44,195), Nord dept., N France, in French Flanders, on the Scarpe River. It is a major industrial and commercial center in what formerly was the northern coal region.
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 the seat of the parlement. The area has been a battleground in several major European conflicts.
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Speaking linguistically, Goethals (1993) has stated that "the presence of Dutch in Wallonia and Brussels has grown, in an increasingly friendly or at least more accepting atmosphere and in Flanders, French is much less felt to be a threat to Flemish culture" (p.
In Flanders, French is introduced to neerlandophones (Dutch speakers) in the last two years of primary school (ages 10-12) with approximately two hours of instruction per week.