Interesting Facts about France…
The country of France is synonymous with romance, great wine, fine cheese, and passionate talk. They are known for their opinionated views on political matters as well as their almost rude behavior towards the non-French. There are, however, some fascinating things about the country itself. Here are a few listed below.
1. France is the largest country in Western Europe and the third largest in Europe as a whole. It is one of the most modern countries in the world.
2. More tourists visit France than any other country worldwide. In fact, the number of tourists exceeds France’s population and the number continues to rise.
3. The TGV train in France is the fastest in the world. During a test run in 2007, it reached 357.2 miles per hour. That speed has yet to be beaten by any other train.
4. One of the more interesting facts about France is that French women have the highest, and French men the third highest, life expectancy of the entire European Union. If you want to live a long time, move to France. Is it the food that they are so proud of, the lifestlye, or just the genetics that they tend to have? Noone is sure, but the facts are the facts: the French live a long time.
5. Until 1964, French women had to obtain their husband’s permission before they obtained a passport or opened a bank account. This mindset of women being ‘second class citizens’ still exists to some degree throughout the world, however it’s definitely getting better.
6. DNA tests, including paternity and genetic genealogy, are prohibited unless ordered by a court.
7. Last but not least in the interesting facts about France is that there are many theories about where French kissing originated from, but more than likely it did not originate in France. One theory is that the term was coined as a result of the disdain some people held for the French because of their promiscuous nature.
And Now For Some Fun, Yet Still Interesting, Facts about France
8. The yearly tradition of decorating trees at Christmas originated during the 16th century in Eastern France. The country was, at that time, a part of Germany. Trees were decorated with fruits, mainly apples, and flowers.
When a drought destroyed the apple harvest in 1858, a glass blower in the village of Goetzenbruck created glass baubles in the shape of apples to hand on the trees. The local glass factory in that village was manufacturing thousands of the tree baubles by the late 1800s.
9. There are more than 40,000 chateaux inside its boundaries. Those who love visiting castles, palaces and manors can spend many enjoyable days touring through the beautiful estates.
10. France has a huge celebration on July 14 every year to commemorate the storming of the Bastille in 1789. This fun fact about France was found on France’s official website. On July 14, they enjoy parades, fireworks and public dances through the country.
There are many museums, monuments and natural sites that you will not want to miss when visiting France. The fortified city of Carcasonne in the South of France is a must see for those interested in medieval fortified cities. It features a castle surrounded by ramparts and contains buildings such as a Gothic cathedral.