Do You Have Any Fun Facts About France?


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Florent Lefortier Profile
There's so much to be said about France that it's hard to know where to start! Here are some of the most interesting facts:

  • As a general rule, the French love cheese. They have over 400 varieties, including Brie, Camembert, and the smelly Rochefort.
  • France is famous for producing the best perfumes of the world.
  • The only Disneyland in Europe is located near Paris.
  • The most famous bicycle race in the world is the Tour De France.
  • France and England are connected by an underwater tunnel, the Eurotunnel.
  • Paris is supposed to be very fashionable.
  • The word “salut” means both “hello” and “goodbye.”
  • The Eiffel Tower is painted once every seven years.
  • French fries and french toast aren't actually French inventions.
  • Jim Morrisson (of The Doors) and Oscar Wilde (the author) were buried in a Paris cemetery called Pere Lachaise.
  • The croissant actually originated in Austria!
  • France has won more Nobel Prizes For Literature than any other country in the world.
  • Over 15,000 people were beheaded by the guillotine.
Yen Lee Profile
Yen Lee answered
On July 14 Bastille Day is celebrated in France. It was set aside in 1880 as a French national holiday. The holiday is celebrated with speeches, firecrackers, and parades. : D
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1.) Men should stand, or at least initiate a move to do so, whenever a superior makes an entrance.
2.) Good posture is considered a sign of breeding a lot of the time.
3.) Despite French business culture being rather formal, people tend to stand close when speaking to each other. Also, touching a shoulder or patting an arm is also commonplace and usually within the bounds of French business etiquette.
4.) Chewing gum in public is considered vulgar.
5.) It is best to keep your hands out of your pockets when in public.
6.) Slapping an open palm over a closed fist is offensive.
7.) Snapping fingers is also considered offensive.
8.) France is said to have been the birthplace of Gothic art as well as Baroque architectural style. Gothic art was once known as 'French Art.'
9.) French love cheese. Many of them are famous: Brie, Camembert and Rochefort for example.
10.) It's been said that at least 1/3 of English originated from French.
11.) The French go to college from age 11 until age 15.
12.) There are 14 public holidays.
13.) 20 years after the Eiffel Tower was built, they were suppose to dismantle it and sell the scraps.
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Linda Conroy answered
  • The Eiffel Tower was built for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889.
  • The French in general take great care to dress well and fashionably.
  • Most families are small, with only one or two children because people don't make enough to have more children.
  • Children often play soccer, tennis, basketball, volleyball and handball but soccer is the main sport.
  • Population is 63,713.926.
  • Their currency is the euro.
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It's been said that at least one-third of the English language originated from French.
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Yes, you can eat snails. I think they are nasty.
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-They go to college from age 11 until age 15.
-They have 14 public holidays.
-They have 8 countries surrounding them.
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20 years after they built the Eiffel tower they were suppose to dismantle it and sell the scraps.
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Their famous painting was the painting of Mona Lisa. The Louvre is the national museum since 1793 and it is located in Paris.
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Thanks for the good information.
When the Eiffel Tower was first built, everyone hated it.
The Statue of Liberty was made in France, and given to the United States as a gift.
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Using the stones of the Great Pyramid in Giza, you can build a wall 3 metres high and 1 metre wide around France.
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helen redington answered
Err I don't know if it's true but when I went with the school, one of the people there said Johnny Depp owned an apartment in Paris :D
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Ann Dougherty answered
The English laugh at the French for eating frogs' legs and snails (escargots). If the English want to be rude about the French, they call them "Frogs" for this reason. If the French want to be rude back they call the English "Les rosbifs", because they think they eat roast beef all the time.

The public toilets in Paris used to be really stinky around forty years ago, but I believe they have cleaned them up now. But if you need to use a toilet in a restaurant, beware. I was absolutely amazed at one I used where they appeared not to have separate men's and women's rest rooms and the urinals were in front of the cubicles. So all the ladies who needed the rest room had to make their way through two row of men using the urinals in order to get to their toilets!

Because English is the language of computer programming and the lingua franca of the business world, English words are making an appearance in the everyday spoken, and written, language in many parts of the world, France included. A French person answering the telephone will now, more often than not, start with "Allo", the equivalent of "Hello" in English. Other examples are "le parking", "le bus-stop" and, of course, "le hot-dog". Because of the traditional, now mainly jokey, hostility between England and France, some French people regard this trend as an invasion of their language and would like to see it reversed. A few years ago, a prominent politician actually discussed passing a bill into law which would have made it illegal for French people to use these English loan words. They would have had to use only the French equivalents. But, as a charming Frenchman said to me. "They could not possibly enforce it. I, for one, absolutely refuse to go into McDonald's and ask for "un chaud chien"!"

Hope these thoughts are of some help. France is a wonderful country, with some beautiful monuments, and charming, friendly people. I heard a comedian say on the radio once that the main difference between an Englishman and a Frenchman is that, whereas the Englishman will shake hands with a person he has not seen since the day before, a Frenchman will shake hands with a person he has not seen for ten minutes. But if the person in question is a pretty young lady, he is more likely to kiss her on both cheeks than to shake hands. Remember, that is a joke rather than a fact, but there is an element of truth lurking behind it, or it would not be funny.
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Ann Dougherty
Ann Dougherty commented
Yes, I came across one of those leave and wash toilets in a village in England, and thought it good. The only thing that can be a bit unnerving at first is that, although clean, they can be damp when you go in because they may only have just been washed. I have also heard that you need to be careful with some models that you do not stay in too long. Otherwise they sometimes tell you you have outstayed your welcome by opening up regardless, leaving you enthroned in splendour and red in the face. I have no personal experience of that, I am glad to add.
Anonymous commented
That's very funny. Perhaps they should post a sign: "No magazine over 200 pages allowed." At the least, they should sound a 5-minute warning bell to give you time to get off your throne. On the other hand, has anyone been locked in due to mechanical/power failure?
Ann Dougherty
Ann Dougherty commented
Not as far as I know. But if anyone did, they would probably emerge very well scrubbed and disinfected indeed!

Apologies, DanielleR. Dext and I seem to have got rather carried away from the subject with our lavatory humour!
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Glen Thornbury answered
That's the place where the only war they won was a Civil War! And Paris SMELLS BAD! I've been there! Stay away from the big towns and it's cool!
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Anonymous commented
Counter-point: Paris does not smell bad. I have also been there and it was a beautiful city. The only foul smell is the smell of cigarette smoke. And even that is not so bad.

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