25 Curiosities about France

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Many curiosities about France What we can tell you. As happens with other countries that have a long history, such as Spain o Britain, the Gallic nation has developed a rich culture full of striking traditions.

These have to do with aspects of French life as varied as society, culture and even gastronomy. But they are also linked to nature, history, transportation and even football. Next, we are going to tell you 25 curiosities about France. As you will see, many of them are unexpected and some, even, Amazing.

Languages ​​in France

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Distribution of French-speaking countries around the world

In the neighboring country there is only one official language, which is French. However, there are others that many of their inhabitants speak and that have an extensive history. It is the case of Occitan, which has about two million speakers. Likewise, one of its varieties is Provencal, which has a rich literary tradition.

They are also spoken in France the alsatian, which is a dialect of German, and the corsican, which comes from Italian. But, equally, there are many French speakers in the French country. breton (originally from Brittany), flamenco, basque and catalan.

On the other hand, the call Francophony or group of countries where French is spoken encompasses a community of one billion people. They belong to nations as diverse as Canada, Belgium or Switzerland. But also to Martinique, Haiti, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Cambodia or New Caledonia.

Curiosities of France linked to culture

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Patrick Modiano, one of the French writers who has won the Nobel Prize in Literature

You may not know that France is the country that has More Nobel Prize winners in Literature with a total of fifteen. Armand Sully Proudhome won the first edition of the award and, since then, such prestigious authors as Frédéric Mistral, Romain Rolland, André Gide, François Mauriac or Patrick Modiano.

However, due to the language in which the winners wrote, the language with the most winners is English. Of course, as you may have deduced, this includes North American authors.

French society

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Soccer is the king sport in France

As we told you before, so many centuries of history have led to many curiosities in France. For example, Is it legal to marry a dead person?. However, the marriage must be authorized by the President of the Republic. In fact, a wedding was recently celebrated under these circumstances. It was the partner of a police officer murdered in Paris.

Urban legends have even been unleashed that have their roots in past times. In France, There is a belief that it is forbidden to call a pig Napoleon. More serious, but equally historic is the motto of the city of Paris: «fluctuat nec mergitur», which means something like "touched, but not sunk." On the other hand, divorce has a fairly low rate in the neighboring country. Specifically, it is 1,9%. For example, in Spain it is 2.1.

As for medicine in France, you may not know where it was done. the first artificial heart transplant. Specifically, it was done at the George Pompidou Hospital in Paris in December 2013. Likewise, the organization Doctors without borders It was created in France in 1971.

On the other hand, regarding the entertainment of French society, the king sport is football. Not in vain, his team has achieved great international success. He has participated in 15 world championships and has won the title twice. Likewise, he has played in nine European Championships, also winning two. A Nations League and two FIFA Confederations Cups complete the achievements of «les Bleus», as the French team is popularly known.

Another of the great passions of the French are theme parks. They have a large number of them, but the most famous is the Disneyland from Paris. And, next to this, the Asterix Park, dedicated to the famous comic character, the Futuroscope, Space City and the one dedicated to the literary figure of little Prince, created by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Nature and infrastructure: more curiosities of France

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Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in southern Europe

Our neighboring country has the highest mountain in southern Europe. Its about Montblanc, with 4805 meters above sea level. It is only surpassed by some peaks located in the Caucasus mountain range, of which the highest is Mount Elbrus, which has an altitude of 5642 meters.

But France also has spectacular infrastructure. This is the case, for example, of Millau Viaduct, which is located in the department of Aveyron and is the work of N. It is a cable-stayed bridge that crosses the Tarn valley. It crosses a space of 2460 meters and, in its highest part, has a height of 343 meters. All of this causes the winds to blow at 200 kilometers per hour.

But, if we talk about bridges, what is more curious is the fact that the oldest in Paris is named after Pont Neuf or New Bridge. In terms of rail connections, it has the busiest station in Europe. Is about that of Gare du Nord in Paris, with 190 million passengers a year. It is also one of the oldest, having been inaugurated in 1846.

Likewise, the French country has the widest rail connection in all of Europe, with a total of 29 kilometers. But more curious are the data related to its roads. Have 30 000 roundabouts, more than half of those in the world. By the way, kilometer zero of these roads is located next to the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral.

The gastronomy of France

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Variety of French cheeses

As you know, French cuisine is reputed to be one of the best in the world. Its great masters have spread their dishes throughout the planet and have laid the foundations of modern gastronomy. For all this, it was inevitable that some curiosities about France were linked to the art of cooking.

For example, the neighboring country It is world famous for its cheeses. It is estimated that it has about four hundred different varieties and each region has its own. But more singular is what happened with the potatoes. For twenty-four years, between 1748 and 1772 became illegal. The reason is that they were believed to transmit leprosy.

No less curious is what refers to the snails. Although they are considered a delicacy throughout the world, France takes the cake, consuming around thirty thousand tons per year. But, above all, it is prohibited to take them on the train unless they have their own ticket. It is a ban that extends to all live animals weighing less than five kilograms.

Symbols of France

The marsellesa

A score of La Marseillaise

Maybe you don't know that "France" It is a word of Germanic origin that means "freedom". But the neighboring country has many other symbols. One of the most famous is its national anthem. Is about The marsellesa, a song composed in 1792 by Rouget de Lisle and what the revolutionaries sang. At times, his lyrics have been called violent and racist.

As for the monuments, we also find some curiosities about France linked to them, especially the most famous: the Eiffel Tower. Built by the engineer after whom it is named for the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889, it has become a symbol of the neighboring country.

All tourists who travel to the capital come to see it. It receives more than six and a half million visitors a year. But, curiously, in principle, the French planned to demolish it after the aforementioned exhibition. Furthermore, with its three hundred meters high, It was the tallest building in the world until 1930, when the Chrysler Building in New York took that honor away from him.

As you know, it is all made of iron and this causes another uniqueness of the monument. In summer it is eighteen centimeters higher than in winter due to the phenomenon of thermal expansion of the metal. Likewise, each year they spend fifty tons of paint on it to avoid corrosion. Therefore, she has not always had the same color.

On the other hand, there is another symbol of France that is not found in the country, but in United States. We talk to you about the famous Statue of Liberty, what can you see in New York. It was a gift from our neighboring country to the North American to commemorate its hundred years of independence. And the most curious thing is that they were kept a bronze replica, although smaller. You can see it on the Ile des Cygnes, in the Seine River.

The story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame as an end to curiosities about France

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

An illustration of Our Lady of paris

Surely you have read the novel by Victor Hugo entitled Our Lady of paris or have you seen some of the many movies that tell the story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Among the latter, there is a very famous one from Disney. For a long time there was speculation about whether the French writer had based his creation on a real character. Today we know that it did not exist. However, there seems to be something authentic about it. Specifically, was inspired by a sculptor who worked on the temple and that he had a hump.

In conclusion, we have told you twenty-five curiosities about France that cover all areas of life in the neighboring country. However, we could continue telling you many others, such as, for example, that Paris It was founded in the 3rd century BC by a Gallic tribe or that in the neighboring country there are about forty thousand castles. We only have to advise you to visit it to know its big cities and its numerous monuments. Go ahead and do it, you won't regret it.


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