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

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

22 December 2016

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

This relates to:
Forming ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 10th...) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

22 December 2016

22/12/16

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 !

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