- Jan 2014
I'm taking the view that there was a distinct division within the Frankish Kingdom between the Gallic west and Germanic east that actually goes back to Roman times before the Frankish Kingdom existed. The Franks themselves lived within the Empire as "federateii" charged with defending the border against other Germanic tribes. With the fall of Rome, The Frank, Clovis, established a kingdom with a primarily Gallic population based in Paris. The later West Frankish Kingdom was still under the Western Carolingian dynasty until the Capet dynasty succeeded it in 987. The post-Carolingian Gallic state is generally known as the Kingdom of France.
Division to West and East appeared in Frankish kingdom already in VII century by opposition of Austrasia and Neustria