" Holland is not our neighbour, that's it.
Our neighbours are UK, Belgium, Germany, Swiss, Italy, Spain, Monaco, Andorra, Brazil with Guyane but not holland.
If you speak in terms of stricto senso, Portugal, Greece and many others are our neighbours. "
I completly agree. Even if Netherlands is about one hour drive strait north from the northernmost point of France it is not a neighbour. Belgium between (unless you shoose to take in consideration the Island of St Martin in the caribean, which is divided in a french a a Dutch part, but in this case you'll have to consider that France main neighbour is Brazil, country whith which we have the longest border.
The same way The UK is not a neighbour, the tunnel under the channel is not condiered to represent a terrestrial border (for the simply reason that it is not on land but under the seas.)
Our neighbours are, from north to south:
Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra and Spain.
Belgian-french border is mainly along french-speaking region (Wallonia), about same for Luxembourg and Switzerland. France is serparated from England by a sea, and from Northerland by one country (with two "sub-countries" in it)... The main and almost only important border we have with a Germanic country is with Germany, with Alsace that used to play a sort of role of "sponge" between both cultures (more or less the role that play Belgium and The channel).
French main European borders:
Spain 623: Romance speaking nation
Belgium 620: Germanic-romance nation, borders mainly romance part
Suitzerland 573: Germanic-romance nation, border mainly romance part
Italy 488: Romance speaking nation
Germany 451: Germanic speaking nation
Luxemburg 73: Romance-germanic nation
Andorra 57: Romance-speaking nation
Monaco 6: romance speaking nation
8 countries: 4 romance countries (1174km), 1 germanic (451km), 3 romance-germanic countries (1266).
If we look in detail what languages border France:
French: 1030 km - Romance language
Spanish: 623 km - Romance language
German: 550 km - Germanic language
Italian: 488 km - Romance language
Catalan: 350km - Romance language
Flemish: 90 km - Germanic language
Well, claiming that France is "surrounded" by germanic nation sounds so ignorant of European and french geography!
But hearing this is no really surprising coming from people from the germanic nations of northern Europe:Dutch, English Germans or Scandinavians.
I observed a lot of time that a lot of them tend to have a vision of France that is much more "northerner" than in reality.
I noticed many of them (especially Germans) really surprised to learn that 70% of France is more at south than German southernmost point, or that france share more common latitudes with Italy (60%) than with Germany (30%), or that France southernmost point is almost in line with Bari in Puglia, southern Italy while its northermost point hardly hit central Germany level or the southernmost parts of Netherlands and UK.
This can explain