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Ever wondered where New Orleans' French influence came from?

In the southern US, French is spoken by a community of 500,000 people. These are the Cajun people, descendants of French-speaking Canadians who were forced from their homes by the English in the 18th century. Today they make up a tenth of Louisiana and their presence over the years have left a marked influence on the state. These days, the Cajuns continue their traditions through music and song, which help them to keep their linguistic heritage alive.

By Doug Hanks

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2014-10-24 Ukraine

Ukraine's crippled elections

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2014-10-22 India

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2014-10-23 Tunisia

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2014-10-21 London

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2014-10-20 Turkey

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