France Facts

France Facts

France is the most visited country in the world: 83 million tourists in 2012.

France once controlled more than 8% of the world’s land.

Napoleon wasn’t short. He was actually above the average Frenchman.

Paris was originally a Roman city called “Lutetia”.

The French government gives medals to citizens who have “successfully raised several children with dignity.”

There’s only one STOP sign in the entire city of Paris.

In France, you can marry a dead person.

There is a small village in France called “Pussy”.

1 in 5 people in France has experienced depression making it the most depressed country in the world.

French Toast Isn’t French. Joseph French advertised the modern toast but forgot to add the apostrophe.

Louis XIX was King of France for just 20 minutes.

During WWII, when Hitler visited Paris, the French cut the lift cables on the Eiffel Tower so that Hitler would have to climb the steps if he wanted to reach the top.

There’s a Coffee Shop in France where not saying “hello” and “please” makes your coffee more expensive.

The Mosque of Paris helped Jews escape the Nazis by giving them Muslim IDs during WWII.

There is a town in France called Condom.

France was the first country to introduce the license plate.

Potatoes were illegal in France between 1748 and 1772.

In France, it’s illegal to name a pig “Napoleon”.

In France, nearly 96% of high schools have condom vending machines.

The oldest bridge in Paris, France, is the Pont Neuf, or “New Bridge.”

King John I of France was proclaimed king five months before he was born. He only lived for five days.

France uses 12 different time zones, the most of any country in the world.

From 1814 to 1830, the flag of the Kingdom of France was plain white.

For 214 years until 2012, it was illegal in Paris, France, for women to wear trousers.

Beauty pageants for children are banned in France. They are punishable with up to 2 years in prison and a €30,000 fine.

There are more people speaking French in Africa than in France.

There’s a small town in France called “La-mort-aux-Juifs,” meaning “Death to Jews.”

You can use Skype to call toll free numbers at no charge in the U.S., UK, Taiwan and France.

Paris taxi drivers have to pay nearly 200,000 euros for their licenses. That’s why there are so few.

Anyone who wishes to open a new store in France of more than 300 m2 must first gain permission from a government commission that includes other existing retailers.

All champagne is produced in the Champagne region in France. Otherwise it is called sparkling wine.

The average person in France sleeps 8.83 hours per day, the most in the developed world.

The official city motto of Paris is “Fluctuat nec mergitur”, meaning “She is tossed by the waves but does not sink.”

A member of the French Foreign Legion wounded while defending France can immediately apply for French citizenship as he is “French by spilled blood”

Of all the countries that celebrate an independence day, 58 are independent of the UK, 26 of France, 21 of Russia and 21 of Spain.




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