For children school is important as most children attend school from about 8:00
am to about 4:00 pm, but there is again typically a long lunch break in the middle
of the day. In some schools students attend classes on Saturday morning, but have
another day during the week off. Summers (June to August) are typically off of school.
France, and Paris in particular, is quite diverse and this diversity greatly affects
the way of life in the country. The numerous immigrants, growing diversity, and
religious differences all pronounce the alterations in the way of life.
The French are identify as being French, a term the people
take great pride in. In the past this term was first based on the people's ethnicity
and language, but also in their foods, wines, lifestyle, dress, and culture. As
immigrants are growing in numbers, especially in Paris, the term French is being
slowly altered and the definition of this identity is being debated. Many ethnic
French would prefer to identify immigrants and second generation immigrants by their
foreign ethnicity, not including them in the French identity. However, since the
language, food, and culture are so important in this identity, second generation
immigrants who natively speak French and live a French lifestyle are often included
in this identity, despite not being ethnically French. It is among these people
that confusion comes and where the dividing line is drawn between those who are
French and those who are not. What is fairly consistent is that citizenship is rarely
used as a defining factor of the identity.
French speakers with a different accent (for example the French in Quebec, Canada)
seem to be "French," but not wholly "French." Terms like "French
Canadian" are preferred to distinguish these outside groups from being truly
French, yet in many ways they are still included with the French in France.