Fun Facts about France - Foods, Customs, Inventions

Interesting Fun Facts about France


Famous French People

Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923), the famous French engineer who build the Eiffel Tower in Paris, also designed the Statue of Liberty which stands in New York's harbour.

France is famous for the beaux-arts, the many great painters, sculptors. Famous French painters are Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne and Auguste Rodin is certainly one of the most famous French sculptors.

French composers which are very famous are: Maurice Ravel (Bolero) and Georges Bizet (Carmen). Children all around the world love French literature, like the famous “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas and “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

French political leader Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was born on Corsica. He reformed the French laws. He declared himself Emperor of the French in 1904. Napoleon’s army was defeated by the British in the Battle of Waterloo (now in Belgium) in 1815. He was exiled to the island St. Helena in the Mediterranean Sea where he died in 1821.

Language

French was the official language of England for over 300 years (from 1066 to the beginning of the XV century).

French is the official language in 30 countries (Click to see them)

French language is spoken by 270 million people worldwide. (eupedia)

Over fifty percent of the French population speaks a second language.  Approximtely 34% of the population speaks English fluently.

French spoken in Quebec is not very easy to understand from natives of France

The word “Mayday" a distress code, originated from the French. The word means help me, M’Aide!

Inventions

adding machine (calculator), first aid, hot air balloon, movies, photos, kilts, stilts, jeans (hence Levi Strauss) and animation, the parachute, the submarine. NOT French Inventions: French fries, french toast, croissant (orig. Austria)

Food

Crêpes in Brittany, France;
1000s of Wines
Famous liqueurs, such as Grand Marnier, Cointreau, Triple Sec, Mandarine Napoleon, Cognac, Armagnac, Crème de Cassis, Pastis, Chartreuse, etc

Typical French Food

Baguette: long bread stick

Croque Monsieur/Croque Madame: ham and cheese grilled sandwich while Croque Madame is the more heavy version with ham, cheese and a fried egg on top

Escargots: snails

Foie Gras: Goose liver pate

Pain au chocolat: similar to a croissant filled with chocolate

Crepes: French very thin pancakes with filling

Ratatouille: vegetable stew

Manners & Customs

There's a Coffee Shop in France where not saying "hello" and "please" makes your coffee more expensive. (See our Photos section ]

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