25 Unique Facts About France That Are Cool To Know

Posted by , Updated on November 23, 2015

Although every country has its stereotypes, France has definitely had its share. Whether its baguettes and berets or petanque and wine, France is well know around the world for its various quirks and traditions. While some of these are overblown…yes, people in France do take showers, others carry a lot of truth. Wine is indeed very important to French culture. And although the French do enjoy long lunch breaks they are not quite as lazy as some rumors would have you believe. While France is certainly not a perfect country, it does do a lot of things going for it. Along with the UK, it is one of the fastest growing and most culturally diverse European countries. It is also the number one most visited country in the world with over 83 million tourists annually (the United States comes second with 73 million). With a varied geography that goes all the way from the Cote d’Azur in the south with its swaying palm trees to the icy peaks of the Alps to the green rolling hills of wine country, France is a nation well worth visiting and spending some time in. These are 25 Unique Facts About France That Are Cool To Know!

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25

The entire city of Paris only has 1 stop sign

The entire city of Paris only has 1 stop signSource: thelocal.fr, Image: wikipedia
24

In France you are allowed to marry a dead person. In order to do so you must send a request to the president

In France you are allowed to marry a dead person. In order to do so you must send a request to the presidentSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
23

French toast isn't actually French. It was allegedly created in its modern form by Joseph French, an innkeeper from New York. He was not very good with grammar though, and forgot to add the apostrophe and "s" for possession

French toast isn't actually French. It was allegedly created in its modern form by Joseph French, an innkeeper from New York. He was not very good with grammar though, and forgot to add the apostrophe and "s" for possessionSource: neatorama.com, Image: wikipedia
22

Louis XIX was King of France...for 20 minutes

Louis XIX was King of France...for 20 minutesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
21

At Petite Syrah coffee shop in Paris, not saying please makes your coffee more expensive

At Petite Syrah coffee shop in Paris, not saying please makes your coffee more expensiveSource: neatorama.com, Image: Sharon Sinclair via Flickr

20

License plates for cars were first introduced in France

License plates for cars were first introduced in FranceSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
19

It is illegal to name a pig Napoleon in France

It is illegal to name a pig Napoleon in FranceSource: travelandleisure.com, Image: pixabay
18

The oldest bridge in Paris is called Pont Neuf, or "new bridge"

The oldest bridge in Paris is called Pont Neuf, or "new bridge"Source: wikipedia, Image: stephane martin via Flickr
17

Along with its overseas territories, France covers 12 different timezones. That is the most of any country in the world!

Along with its overseas territories, France covers 12 different timezones. That is the most of any country in the world!Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
16

For over 200 years, all the way up until 2012, it was illegal for women to wear pants in Paris

For over 200 years, all the way up until 2012, it was illegal for women to wear pants in ParisSource: thedailybeast.com, Image: wikipedia
15

More people speak French in Africa than in Europe

More people speak French in Africa than in EuropeSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
14

Paris taxi drivers pay nearly 200,000 euros for their licenses

Paris taxi drivers pay nearly 200,000 euros for their licensesSource: cnn, Image: pixabay
13

All Champagne is produced in the Champagne region of France. If it is produced elsewhere, then it is a local variant of sparkling wine

All Champagne is produced in the Champagne region of France. If it is produced elsewhere, then it is a local variant of sparkling wineSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
12

The average French person sleeps nearly 9 hours per day (8.83). That is the most in the developed world

The average French person sleeps nearly 9 hours per day (8.83). That is the most in the developed worldSource: en.people.cn, Image: wikipedia
11

With over 80 million tourists every year, France is the most visited country on Earth

With over 80 million tourists every year, France is the most visited country on EarthSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
10

France once controlled nearly 10% of the world's land area

France once controlled nearly 10% of the world's land areaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
9

1 in every 5 French people have experienced depression, making France the most depressed country on Earth

1 in every 5 French people has experienced depression, making France the most depressed country on EarthSource: bloomberg.com, Image: wikipedia
8

The government of France awards medals to families who "successfully raise multiple children with dignity"

The government of France awards medals to families who "successfully raise multiple children with dignity"Source: wikipedia, Image: Scott Maxwell via Flickr
7

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

During WWII, when Hitler visited Paris, the French cut the lift cables on the Eiffel Tower so if that if he wanted to visit the top, he would have to climbSource: wikipedia, Image: pexels
6

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

The Mosque of Paris helped Jews escape during WWII by giving them Muslim IDsSource: messynesschic.com, Image: wikipedia
5

Between 1748 and 1772 potatoes were illegal in France

Between 1748 and 1772 potatoes were illegal in FranceSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
4

King John I of France was proclaimed king five months prior to his birth. He only lived for 5 days

King John I of France was proclaimed King five months prior to his birth. He only lived for 5 daysSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
3

Between 1814 and 1830, the flag of France was plain white

Between 1814 and 1830, the flag of France was plain whiteSource: wikipedia
2

Beauty pageants for kids are banned in France

Beauty pageants for kids are banned in FranceSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
1

The official city motto of Paris is "fluctuat nec mergitur". This Latin phrase translates to "tossed but not sunk".

The official city motto of Paris is "fluctuat nec mergitur". This Latin phrase translates to "tossed but not sunk".Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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