If you do not feel like going to France again this year but long for French culture, there are other places where you can experience it. In fact, France is not the only place in the world for Francophiles.

Here are some of the places to experience French culture outside of France:

For many decades in the early part of the 1900s, Morocco was French protectorate. Although the country gained its independence more than fifty years ago, the French influence is still very strong here. The official language of Morocco is Arabic, but French is spoken wide with the government and businesses conducting most of their official work in French. In addition, the local newspapers are published in French and the same is also true for street signs. When it comes to cuisine, food in Morocco is similar to North African cuisine, but it has incorporated French style and techniques.

If you are an American, then you do not have to travel all the way to France to experience French culture. You can very well enjoy it in the city of New Orleans. The culture of New Orleans is an amalgamation of several other cultures like African, Cajun, Creole, and Spanish, but the French culture is equally prevalent. The French Quarter of the city is very similar to old Paris. Many street signs are in French and nearly seven percent of the population in New Orleans speaks French. You can visit the numerous French cafés lining the streets of New Orleans to eat some delicious French pastries and beignet.

Mauritius and Reunion are other places to experience French culture. These islands became French posts in the late 1600s and later France invaded Madagascar in the latter half of the 19th century and controlled it right until 1960. So, these three places still have strong French influence with Reunion being an overseas department of France. In fact, the local cuisine in these places has a lot of French influence but has also been influenced by Indian, Chinese and African cuisines.

Similarly, Francophiles can experience French culture in Laos, Quebec, Saint Martin and French Polynesia.

Source by Kum Martin