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How does Belgian culture different from French culture?

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Belgium wasn't formed from nationalism, so it doesn't really have a strong national identity. From the Belgians I have talked to, they prefer to introduce themselves as French or Dutch. read more

The differences between French and Belgian cultures is a very complex subject: to make it simple, French-speaking Belgians have long appropriated French culture as there own, whereas Flemish-speaking Belgians have a very distinct culture (except, historically, the Flemish upper classes). read more

Belgian culture involves both the aspects shared by all Belgians regardless of the language they speak and the differences between the main cultural communities: the Dutch-speaking Flemish and the French-speakers Walloons. read more

French was introduced as the language of the political elite by feudal lords of French origin, particularly the dukes of Burgundy, who choose Brussels as their main city of residence. In the eighteenth century, French was widely adopted by the bourgeoisie, and in 1830, it was adopted as the official language. read more

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