France is perhaps the most attractive touristic destination in Europe. Its romantic atmosphere, exotic and unique language and rich history attracts visitors from all over the globe and tempts them with its 37 sites inscribed in UNESCO’s World Heritage list and features cities of high cultural interest such as Paris, being the foremost, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Lyon and others. It has some of the greatest beaches, as well as the highest mountains and the finest historic monuments, the most idyllic countryside, the most magnificent castles, the finest rivers, and plenty more, not to mention some of the best restaurants and the finest wines and more hotels than any other country in Europe. What we don’t know about France is that there are some really curious facts about the country. Here are some of them, which you may find unknown and interesting.
1. “Let them eat cake” was a statement falsely associated with Marie Antoinette as it was created ten years before she was born.
2. France created the first universal declaration of human rights in 1789.
3. The Eiffel tower was originally intended to be dismantled and sold as scrap after its construction.
4. Famous French inventions include: the hot air balloon, the submarine, and the parachute.
5. According to a 2003 survey, the French have the most sex in a year (unsurprisingly!)
6. Between 6-11 million Americans speak French.
7. By law, no buildings can exceed six stories in Paris. The reason? So that all have sunshine:)
8. France produces over 400 types of cheese.
9. The Statue of Liberty was made in France and then gifted to the U.S in 1886, in the celebration of its centennial.
10. The population density of France is 115 people per km square. In major metropolitan areas such as Paris density reaches 40,000 people per sq km., But the average value of the capital is kept at around 20,433 people. Per km square.
11. French people cheek kiss to greet each others between family, friends and even men. The number of the kisses depends on the different region.
12. The French are the world’s biggest consumers of psychotropic drugs. About one forth of the population admits having taken anti-depressants or tranquillisers.
13. At the time of the French Revolution, 75% of French citizens didn’t speak French as a mother tongue.
14. Drugstores in France usually have a neon green cross on the door. French toast and French fries aren’t French inventions.
15. French cuisine is considered one of the best cuisines in the world and there is an average of 2 cooking books being published every day.
16. It’s against the law to take pictures of police officers and police vehicles.
17. Paris is nicknamed “city of lights” and lights actually refers to the number of intellectuals who live there.
18.The storming of the Bastille was more of a symbolic act. During that day, there were only 7 prisoners and 4 of them were there because of check forging.
19. France has had only three presidents in the last 32 years: Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, François Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac.
20. France is the birthplace of Gothic art. It also is the home of Baroque architecture. Interesting fact that Gothic art was initially known as the French art.
21. Around 4 people a year commit suicide from the Eiffel tower. Out of 400 people who have committed suicide since the opening of the Eiffel Tower. One of them, a lady, by falling on a car. She recovered and later married the car’s owner!
22. The French invented the metric system during the French revolution (for all people for all time). It specified what a meter, a gram, a litre were. Before the metric system, every country had its own system of measurement. The metric system is now used in most countries.
Author Bio: Morgan Johnson’ big love is traveling and education. He is working at expert cleaning Southgate and that is why he is earning enough money to travel a lot.