French people in the United Kingdom

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French Britons are British people of French origin, or French-born people who may have attained British citizenship and who live in the United Kingdom. There are estimated to be around 200-300,000 people of French nationality living in the UK, most of them in London, a mix of students, businesspeople and general economic migrants.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was of French origin
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was of French origin

A much larger number of British people descend from the Huguenots, French Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries fled religious persecution in France. In addition, much of Britain's mediaeval aristocracy was descended from Franco-Norman migrants to England at or after the time of the Norman Conquest. Today, however, descendents of these people chiefly view themselves as British people of French ascendancy, and not as French people living in Britain.

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