Talk:French Flemish

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Hopefully, the French Flemish culture and language will not vanish in the 21st century, as the article provided a colored map of the decrease of the West Flemish language in the Dunkirk (Dunkerque) district. The West-Vlaams population faced forced assimilation under the French Republic and some dissidents decidedly move out of France to nearby Belgium and another option is to emigrate globally. There has been emigration of West-Vlaams (Flemish) peoples in the 19th century out of the NPdC region, notably to North America (the USA, see Dutch American), but a higher ratio went to Australia or New Zealand known for large Dutch-Nederlandic communities, some went toward South Africa in spite of the British occupation (culturally, the West-Vlaams and English peoples share some characteristics) and South America (esp. Argentina) where a small West-Vlaams descendant community is found in their geneaologies-the ill-fated Chilean president Salvador Allende may have West Flemish-Belgian ancestry-and family namesakes. The decline of local able-bodied people (esp. young adult males) by emigration and wars, esp. the two world wars I and II in the 20th century in the battle-ridden NpDC region, known for its' coal mines and factories made the French government install a guest worker program to hire 10,000-some Britons, Greeks, Italians, Poles, Spaniards and Scandinavians to fill the void left by the massive population loss. Today, the main center of West Vlaams culture in NpdC is in the community of Haut Pont, Nord-Pas de Calais or Haute-Ponte in Picard French about 10 miles (6 kms) north of the city of Saint-Omer on the boundary of the Nord and Pas de Calais departments, an estimated 90% of its' 20,000 residents in Haute-Ponte claim Flemish ancestral heritage. + 71.102.12.55 (talk) 09:49, 8 November 2010 (UTC)