At the time of the French Revolution (1789), the French language was commonly used throughout France. True or False?

Answer: False. In southern France most spoke dialects of Occitan, effectively so different to French as to be another language altogether. Within French itself there were at least six different regional varieties. Other languages spoken in France at the time included Flemish, German, Italian, Catalan, Basque and Breton.

Source: The French Revolution and the People by David Andress

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