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He is 82 and has lived in the US all his adult life but now increasingly now only wants to refer to his French background. In the rural area of Missouri (we are 4 hours away from St. Louis) there is no one that has he has anything in common with??? He just sits at the Internet all day and reads foreign newspapers. Help!

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According to my ex-mother-in-law, there is a northern dialect of the French language, and a southern dialect. If written, all the dialects in France, Montreal and New Orleans would be the same.
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I once told a girl from France to visit Montreal or New Orleans. She sadly informed me that neither place spoke French.
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I thought your question was interesting and I googled Missouri and French and discovered its history of French settlers dating back to the 17th century. In 1682 Robert de LaSalle claimed parts of Missouri for France as part of the Louisiana Territory. Do you have a historical society in your area? Does your library have programs your husband would find interesting? A local college may have a course or two that your Francophile could audit. Good luck!
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My ex-mother-in-law was born and raised in France, but that hadn't stopped her from making friends here in the States everywhere she went. She is still one of my best friends :)

Everyone is the same, it doesn't matter what country they are from. I live in a very diverse area, one office I worked there were co-workers from all over the world, even though our language, culture and even religion was different, we all had a lot in common.

One of my best friends was born and raised in India, we talk non-stop because she is dealing with aging in-laws in the old country. Same issues... meds, Depends, memory loss, high drama with the siblings, etc.

I assume your husband had friends in common since he had spent his adult life here in the States, that's 60 some years, right? Some elders like to revert back to thinking of their childhood and college years because those were fun times. It makes them feel better about themselves as they start to age.
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