How can the answer be improved?Oct 26, 2017 French Catalans offer separatists help and refuge. France's PyreneesOrientales area was for centuries a part of Catalonia, only becoming French in the latter half of the 17th century. Many of the Spanish Republicans that fled to the region during the long dictatorship of catalans in france
Sep 09, 2016 Catalans in this part of France became subjects of King Louis XIV of France under a 1659 peace treaty that enlarged the country and created a new border with Spain along the Pyrenees.
The Catalanspeaking area of France (known as Catalunya Nord) covers the Dpartement of Pyrnes Orientales except the Occitanspeaking canton of La Fenolledawhich has seven geographical zones: Cerdanya, Capcir, Conflent, Aspres, Corberes, Vallespir and Rossell. Why Basque and Catalan separatism is much weaker in France than in neighbouring Spain (or at least why it appears to be so). I know that in Spain the Basque and Catalan regions constantly clamour for independence, yet French BasquesCatalans seem happy to be part of France (there certainly seems to be no French equivalent to ETA, for example).catalans in france Taken over by France in the 17th century, many in this region nestled between the Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean retain close cultural links with Catalonia to the south.