From the time of the troubadours and trouvères who sang fin'amor to the present day, via the Parisian salons - places filled with animated conversation and seduction in the 17th and 18th centuries - French has always been considered as the language of love. But before becoming the favourite language of Japanese students, the most Germanic of romance languages was first the language of Paris.
Brief history of the Parisian language
50 years after the arrival of the first Roman legions in Provence (120BC), the people of Gaul abandoned their Celtic language for Latin. Through use, the latter underwent profound modifications but it still was not French.
In the 3rd century, the Franks (initially engaged as mercenaries by the Roman army) occupied the North and Gaul. Two centuries later, the Alamanni settled in the East (with a language which is still in use today: Alsatian). It all began with the Franks' conversion to Catholicism following their leader Clovis (498). From then on a Latin/Germanic bilingualism established itself which was the real turning point when the first material of the French language was coined. This Germanic influence can be found in numerous domaines: the semantic field of colours was completely renewed; the numerous nouns relating to the fields of war, construction, the sea, clothing, domestic life, cookery, rural life and animals; numerous verbs and the form of toponyms, principally in Northern France, are also of Germanic origin.