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Fun and Interesting Facts About France

We thought to share a few fun facts about France and categorize them – just for the fun of it!

Cuisine

  • The average French citizen eats 500 snails each year and the population approximately 500 million snails!
  • France produces over 400 varieties of cheese!
  • Some claim that French toast isn’t French but was invented by a man called Joseph French.
  • Turning a baguette upside down is unlucky in France.
  • The croissant was invented in Austria.
  • You can easily find rabbit and horse dishes on a French restaurant’s menu.
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Fashion

  • Kilts originated in France, not Scotland.
  • Denim clothing was originally developed in France in the city of Nimes.
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Geography

Mont-Blanc in the French Alps is the highest peak in Europe at almost 4,810 meters high.

Inventions

French inventions include the parachute, the hot air balloon, the motion picture camera, the bicycle, and inflatable tires for cars.

Law

  • It is against the law to take photos of police officers or police vehicles.
  • It’s also illegal to name a pig “Napoleon”.

 

Monuments

The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world.

FRANCE Paris Eifel Tower Day Visit Tour
FRANCE Paris Eifel Tower Day Visit Tour

Museums

The most visited art museum in the world is the Louvre in Paris – also home to the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.

Observances

April Fool’s Day was also originated in France after the nation started following the Gregorian Calendar but failed to communicate the change properly.

Perfume

Grasse in France is known as the World’s Capital of Perfume.

Grasse, France' Perfume Capital

Although the very first evidence of perfume was found in Cyprus, it is the French that is famous for it.

Politics

President Charles de Gaulle is I the Guinness Book of World Records for surviving the most assassination attempts on his life – all of 32 attempts!

Romance

A 1910 law in France forbids couples from kissing on train platforms to avoid delayed departures.

Traffic

The city of Paris has only one stop sign.

Weddings

The tradition of wearing a white dress for wedding days originated in France back in 1499.

FRANCE Eiffel Wedding dress

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And a fun fact

I hope you enjoyed the fun facts about France. I bet you never knew about the stop sign!!

If you have a fun fact about France which is not listed above, why not tell us about it?