Not Spanish... Not French....? What is Basque Country?
A border does not define a country... Along the coast of the Pyrenees in Europe there is a minority group of independent peoples (numbering about 3m) who have lived there for thousands of years. Over time, the borders have moved with the Romans, the Gauls and now Spain and France but the people have stayed the same! Many famous "Spanish" towns including Bilbao and Pamplona (where the San Fermin Festival with the running of the bulls is held each year) are actually Basque.
The Basque People have a distinct language, "Euskara" that is linguistically more similar to Japanese than any other European language and they have the highest "O" blood type than any other group on Earth! This is an ancient culture with deeply rooted culinary traditions including secret gastronomic societies. They are known throughout the world as fishermen, sheepherders and especially Chefs! The food tells the story of their culture and their struggle for political recognition and independence.