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Modern France evolved from a number of provinces and overseas colonies being incorporated into its geographical and political structure. Prior to the 20th century, a large patchwork of local customs and regional differences existed, with different regional languages meaning the vast majority of the population could understand neither the language in which political debates and administrative documents were communicated, nor that used by people from other regions. The French Third Republic (1870–1940) encouraged the suppression of regional languages through mandatory military service and a centralised national educational system though, despite this effort, regional differences are still celebrated today. This is best exemplified by the French notion of 'terroir', which maintains that things are embodied by a sense of place, created by the effects of the local environment.
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