Joakim asked : why one says "tiers monde" rather than "troisième monde" ?

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Joakim asked : why one says "tiers monde" rather than "troisième monde" ?

Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Bonjour Joakim ! ​The expression "le Tiers Monde" to say "the Third World" is fixed as it is in English: this is the only way to say this in French. ​"Le Troisième Monde" would feel like there are more than one world, i.e. one planet, when here it's more of a division of the world into three "parts", hence the use of the fraction here. À bientôt !

Joakim asked : why one says "tiers monde" rather than "troisième monde" ?

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