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What is the name of the union territory where French is spoken?
1. Daman and Diu
2. Pondicherry
3. Dadra and Nagar Haveli
4. Lakshadweep

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Correct Answer - Option 2 : Pondicherry

Pondicherry:

  • The diverse languages in Pondicherry reflect the varied cultural and social lifestyles of the local inhabitants of the Union Territory.
  • The majority of the local inhabitants of Pondicherry converse in the Dravidian languages of Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam.
  • English and French are spoken mostly by the educated elites of the Union Territory.
  • A vast majority of the indigenous local inhabitants of Pondicherry speak French.
  • Most of the schools in Pondicherry encourage the students to take up French as one of the subjects.
  • Many educational institutions have also introduced French as the first language.
  • Upholding the traditional legacy, most people have retained French as an important language of the Union Territory.
  • The Union Territory of Pondicherry was under French rule for a long time.
  • One can experience the influence of French architecture, social customs, and cultural traditions in every nook and corner of Pondicherry.

Thus, we can say that in the union territory Pondicherry French is spoken.

  • Daman & DiuGujarati was the mother tongue of most of the territory's population, as they belong to the Gujarati-speaking Damaniya sub-caste.
    • Along with Gujarati, Hindi and English are also widely used.
    • Daman and Diu were once part of a combined union territory along with Goa (a Konkani-speaking region) before Goa became a state in 1987.
    • The use of Portuguese, which was the territory's official language during the colonial period, is in decline and relegated to home use.
    • It is also used as a liturgical language by the territory's Catholics.
    • Standard Portuguese exists in a post-creole continuum while Daman and Diu Portuguese are spoken by about 10,000–12,000 people in Daman.
  • Dadra and Nagar Haveli- The main Languages of Dadra and Nagar Haveli include Marathi, Gujrati, Bhili, and Bildoli.
  • LakshadweepThe principal languages of Lakshadweep are Malayalam, Jeseri (Dweep Bhasha), and Mahl. The people of all the northern islands speak a dialect of Malayalam with the influence of Arabic similar to Arabi Malayalam.

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