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Switzerland didn't exist before the 13th century, and only assumed its present shape in 1815, so the French-speaking areas were acquired (usually by force, and not always from France) during the confederation's expansion amid the confusion of Europe's borders in the 16th-18th centuries. It's the reason why there are Catalan people in France, French-speakers in Italy etc: the people stayed put, but the borders moved.

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