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Today, Strasbourg is the ninth largest city of France with nearly half a million inhabitants in a metropolitan area spanning across the river into the German city of [[Kehl]], on the eastern bank of the Rhine. The city itself is the seat of the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Ombudsman, the Eurocorps, the European Audiovisual Observatory and, most famously, the European Parliament[http://www.europarl.eu.int/home/default_en.html], which also holds sessions in [[Brussels]].
 
Today, Strasbourg is the ninth largest city of France with nearly half a million inhabitants in a metropolitan area spanning across the river into the German city of [[Kehl]], on the eastern bank of the Rhine. The city itself is the seat of the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Ombudsman, the Eurocorps, the European Audiovisual Observatory and, most famously, the European Parliament[http://www.europarl.eu.int/home/default_en.html], which also holds sessions in [[Brussels]].
  
==Talk==
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==Language==
The official language used throughout Strasbourg is French. The indigenous language of Alsace however is called Alsatian, a southern German dialect influenced over time by French. It is closely related to the Alemannic German dialects spoken in the adjacent border regions of Germany and Switzerland. It is still spoken by a considerable number of people in the region, especially in the rural-countryside, although like all minority languages in France, it is struggling for survival. You will see bilingual street signs in the city centre using both French and Alsatian German place names. Native speakers of Alsatian will usually be able to speak standard German as well.
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The official language used throughout Strasbourg is French. The indigenous language of Alsace however is called Alsatian, a southern German dialect influenced over time by French. It is closely related to the Alemannic German dialects spoken in the adjacent border regions of Germany and Switzerland. It is still spoken by a considerable number of people in the region, especially in the rural countryside, although like all minority languages in France, it is struggling for survival. You will see bilingual street signs in the city centre using both French and Alsatian German place names. Native speakers of Alsatian will usually be able to speak standard German as well.
  
 
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