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Pondicherry, the French outpost in India

On Wednesday, the French language will be fêted worldwide with the International Day of "Francophonie". While French is spoken in a number of former colonies in Africa, it's also spoken in the town of Pondicherry, India. While the number of speakers there are increasingly outnumbered by those speaking the local Tamil tongue, there is still a strong French tradition in the town - even though many of its residents have never set foot on French soil.