I seem to recall that Bujold mentions four primary culture groups on Barrayar: Russian, 'Greekies', and English, but I can't remember or find any mention of the fourth group.

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The fourth group are the French

From "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance":

“Barrayaran Greekie?” asked Rish, brows rising in puzzlement.

“The smallest of our main languages,” he [Vorpatril] told her. “The Firsters actually arrived in four disparate settlement groups—Russian, British, French and Greek, as their home regions on Old Earth were back then. Over the centuries of the Time of Isolation, everyone pretty much blended together genetically...

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    Also French names like Piotr Pierre Vorkosigan, Etienne Vorsoisson, etc.
    – Niall C.
    May 18, 2014 at 20:05
  • Also in Barrayar (Chapter 12) one of the soldiers lost in the cave exclaims "Merde. Perdu!"
    – user11683
    May 18, 2014 at 22:36

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