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Occitans  (French)
Occitans  (Occitan)
Occitani  (Ligurian)
Total population
c. 17 million
Regions with significant populations
Occitan (native); French, Italian, Spanish, Catalan (as a result of language shift)
Christianity (Roman Catholicism, Protestantism)
Related ethnic groups
Catalans, French, Ligurians

The Occitans (Occitan: occitans) are a Romance-speaking Mediterranean ethnic group. They come from the historical region of Occitania (southern France, northeastern Spain and northwestern Italy).[1][2][3][4][5]

Just to clarify: virtually everyone in France speaks French. Some speak another language also. Occitans is one of the traditional other languages.

References[change | change source]

  1. Pèire Bec, "Occitan", in Rebecca Posner, John N. Green eds. 1982. Language and philology in Romance. Walter de Gruyter.
    Reprint Volume 3 Language and Philology in Romance. 2011. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton. Retrieved 24 Nov. 2015, from http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/48412 Archived 2018-06-20 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Gregory Hanlon, Confession and Community in Seventeenth-century France: Catholic and Protestant Coexistence in Aquitaine, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993, p. 20
  3. Robert Gildea, France since 1945, Oxford University Press, 1996
  4. Peter McPhee, "Frontiers, Ethnicity and Identity in the French Revolution: Catalans and Occitans" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, in Ian Coller, Helen Davies, and Julie Kalman, eds, French History and Civilisation: Papers from the George Rudé Seminar Archived 2016-11-30 at the Wayback Machine, Vol. 1, Melbourne: The George Rudé Society, 2005
  5. Jeffrey Cole, Ethnic Groups of Europe: An Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, 2011