French people

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Noun1.French people - the people of France
nation, country, land - the people who live in a nation or country; "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him"
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An authorised offer of peace from Germany to the French people," the ambassador answered slowly.
I do not know that all which has been said is rigidly just, but I am inclined to think that much of it is, and, as I am now writing to Americans, and of French people, I see no particular reason why the fact should be concealed.
The Emperor Alexander," said she, with the melancholy which always accompanied any reference of hers to the Imperial family, "has declared that he will leave it to the French people themselves to choose their own form of government; and I believe that once free from the usurper, the whole nation will certainly throw itself into the arms of its rightful king," she concluded, trying to be amiable to the royalist emigrant.
Why, Huck, doan' de French people talk de same way we does?
He failed to realize that the French people were asserting their most elementary rights against an oppression a hundred times more intolerable than anything that the Americans had suffered; his imagination had long before been dazzled during a brief stay in Paris by the external glitter of the French Court; his own chivalrous sympathy was stirred by the sufferings of the queen; and most of all he saw in the Revolution the overthrow of what he held to be the only safe foundations of society--established government, law, social distinctions, and religion--by the untried abstract theories which he had always held in abhorrence.
The love of pleasure and excitement which seems in a large measure to possess the French people impressed itself upon me.
It was about a week after this that we made the banks of Newfoundland; where, to shorten my story, we put all our French people on board a bark, which they hired at sea there, to put them on shore, and afterwards to carry them to France, if they could get provisions to victual themselves with.
There are no people in the world but the French people who have ideas.
On the recent visit by the French Prime Minister admitted that he would NEVER give the French people an opportunity to vote Yes or No to stay in or get out - as they would vote to leave the European Union if given that choice.
French people are concerned about the protection of their data, and only the banks have the trust of more than half of all French people in this regard*.
He hailed deep-rooted relations binding the two friendly countries and peoples and steadily-growing ties, wishing President Macron abundant health and happiness and the friendly French people further progress and prosperity.
She said that on May 7 this year, by electing President Emmanuel Macron, the French people have reaffirmed their faith in these values, said a press release issued here.