Centuries: 4th century - 5th century - 6th century
- Roman rule in Gaul ends with the defeat at Soissons of the Roman governor Syagrius by the Franks under Clovis I. The land between the Loire and the Somme becomes a part of the Frankish realm. This event is often considered the genesis of the French state, though the territory of modern-day France was to remain divided between rival kingdoms for some centuries, and French language and nationality were to evolve gradually.
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