How old is English?
 Salic Franks: the name 'salic' is still very much disputed. We now believe that it were Franks who owned land
and a farmhouse, called 'sele', 'zele' or 'sale', a word derived from the verb 'to saw' as the farmhouse was
build with expensive square beams and thus much bigger and more important than the farmhouses of the landless
tenant farmers. Salic Franks were hufners, sort of lord-farmers. It is likely that their tenant farmers had to
join them in war. The word 'zele' became 'salle' in French.
 except in the battle of Chalons against Attila, AD 451, where the Salic Franks were a part of the western alliance, together with two North-Gaul legions, Alans and the West-Goth army. During the battle, a limited number of Ripuarians fought on Attila's side. Serveral contemporary authors attested the fact that Atilla's army was a mixed army of Huns and German allies. If one states that the Huns chased the German population to the west, then this alliance is at least strange. Some historians think that the number of German allies on Atilla's side was greater than the number of Huns.
Origin disputed (2)
During their history, the Salic Franks never formed alliances with other German tribes . This contrasts
with, for instance, the Burgunds who occupied eastern Gaul around AD 485. They obtained help from
several German tribes during the battle against… the Franks. Clovis' army had obviously no
problem to fight against the West-Goths (southwest Gaul) and the Burgunds, two supposedly
‘brother’ German tribes.
This assumption is countered by the fact that the Roman Empire maintained and financed the Nervian cohorts for more than at least 300 years. All armies are costly. Had the Nervians become softies or unreliable, the emperors would have invested their money in other, better troops.
In AD 358 the Franks lost a battle against general Julianus (and shortly after: emperor). The real cause of that war was not mentioned, but likely were high taxes, money, the very classic reason. Despite his victory, Julianus agreed to give a large autonomy (and tax exemption) to the Franks, in exchange for the promise that they would defend the most northern part of the Empire. The Franks became foederatii. Julianus must have had good reasons to trust the Franks, despite the fact that in those days duly sworn oaths were easily broken. The main reason must have been the knowledge of who the Franks really were: Belgians.
Julianus explained after the victory that he 'allowed' the Franks to settle in Taxandria. Taxandria means yew-country. It is moorland in the north of modern Belgium. Taxandria always was a very poor region and therefore thinly inhabited. This 'explanation' was clearly window dressing towards Rome. Had the Franks really settled in Taxandria, then they never would have been able to fulfil their obligations (the feodus). Financially, this would have been impossible.