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Biggest French Empire Countries

Name the modern-day countries with the most territory that was part of the French Empire.
Not including territory held for less than 10 years
Based mostly on this map
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First submittedMarch 6, 2017
Last updatedMarch 6, 2017
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%
km2
Country
25
2,500,000
Canada
100
2,400,000
Algeria
22
2,140,000
United States
100
1,280,000
Chad
100
1,270,000
Niger
100
1,240,000
Mali
100
1,030,000
Mauritania
%
km2
Country
100
650,000
France
100
620,000
Central African Republic
100
590,000
Madagascar
56
400,000
Morocco
100
340,000
Rep. of the Congo
100
330,000
Vietnam
100
320,000
Ivory Coast
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level 72
Mar 6, 2017
Ironic, in a French Empire quiz, using an "English" translation of Côte d'Ivoire as an answer!
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level ∞
Mar 7, 2017
We're going to move towards using Ivory Coast in the future, since that's what Wikipedia uses now.
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level 61
Jul 18, 2017
To quote Wikipedia, "Despite the Ivorian government's request, the English translation "Ivory Coast" (often "the Ivory Coast") is still frequently used in English, by various media outlets and publications." Some colonialist Wikipedia editors may have come together to enforce an English translation of the country's name on the site, but that should not overrule the Ivorians' voices and self-identification. After all, this is the same principle at work when Myanmar is displayed as the correct answer, although Burma is accepted.
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level ∞
Jul 18, 2017
Those dirty colonialists! Do you think we should change Germany to Deutschland, China to 中国, etc...?
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level 67
Jul 18, 2017
Yeah, because French is not totally not a colonialist language.
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level 69
Jul 18, 2017
"various media outlets and publications" pronounce Iran as Eye-ran and that doesn't make it right. "various media outlets and publications" declared the Earth to be a disk and that didn't make it true. The list goes on.
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level 73
Jul 20, 2017
I wonder why the double standard exists in the first place. We're keen to say Ivory Coast right now, but nobody would use Saint Thomas and Principe, Saint Marin, Trinity and Tobago, Lion Range or Black Mountain (the last case being the funniest since everybody calls the country Montenegro except Slavic people, including Montenegrans themselves who translate the Italian name... must have something to do with Venice).
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level 49
Jul 20, 2017
I'm also not a big fan of using Côte d'Ivoire in English, but, to be fair, we also use Costa Rica and not the Rich Coast, and other countries' names, as others have pointed out, so...
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level 69
Mar 7, 2017
Nice quizzes!
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level 80
Mar 7, 2017
Haha, I forgot France. :-/ The most embarrassing way to get 13/14.
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level 65
Apr 1, 2017
Same here
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level 45
Jul 18, 2017
Same, except I forgot Madagascar too
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level 72
Jul 18, 2017
Same on France, and missed CAR as well.
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level 34
Jul 22, 2017
Too
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level 44
Mar 21, 2019
same
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level 63
May 14, 2017
Shouldnt be here Egypt, Germany and Spain?? I'm sure you have some souce but doesnt make sense at first glance
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level 65
May 21, 2017
Napolean's conquests were held less than 10 years.
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level 59
Jul 18, 2017
Despite Cameroon being divided between the British and French, I am certain that the French part was larger than 320 000 km^2 (probably between 400 000 and 450 000 km^2). A similar case might apply to Morocco.
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level 44
Jul 18, 2017
I got all but CAR and France. Wow.
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level 68
Jul 18, 2017
No Haiti? No Tunisia?
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level 78
Jul 18, 2017
Not big enough, apparently.
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level 58
Jul 18, 2017
When you miss the country where half of your family comes from...
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level 64
Jul 18, 2017
Mexico?
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level 55
Jul 18, 2017
Didn't France own land in mexico for a little bit, i dont know how long
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level 59
Jul 19, 2017
If you're talking about the French intervention in 1861-67, it didn't last long enough. If you're talking about something else, it was probably way too small.
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level 49
Jul 19, 2017
I forgot Canada, can't believe it
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level 45
Jan 3, 2018
dang it forgot morocco
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level 24
Feb 10, 2018
And India? It is like canada or USA - part of it was france (Pondicherry etc.)
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level 45
Aug 6, 2018
Yes. But that's a tiny area, therefore too small to be on the list.
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level 38
Apr 20, 2018
GREAT Quiz. Thank you!
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level 34
Jun 4, 2018
Should you include cambodia in the list as it seems to be included in the map
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level 65
Mar 25, 2019
I expected Burkina Faso to make it onto the list; guess it’s just shy of the threshold.