100 interesting facts about France

Let's try to find out the most interesting facts about France and the people inhabiting this country. If adults are in line with French sophisticated fashion, then almost 100% of teenagers wear watches and chains over their clothes.

1. To the question "Ca va?" (how are you?) the answer is always “Ca va”, only the intonation changes.

2. The French are proud of their past and their culture.

3. The French do not like to speak languages ​​other than French.

4. When French people speak English, they have a very funny accent because of the soft consonants.

5. French English is called franglais - a mixture of both languages.

6. The French always seem arrogant, even if deep down they are not.

7. On radio and television, there are limits on English-language, especially American songs, films and other products of foreign cultures.

8. Since June 2011, France has passed a law prohibiting the mention of Twitter and Facebook on television and radio.

9. The French are very polite.

10. In France, it is customary to greet and say goodbye even in line.

11. Most French people only drive Peugeot, Renault or Citroen.

12. The French do not stay late at work.

13. The French sometimes like to spend a day or two working weeks on strikes.

14. The working week in France is 35 hours.

15. France has one of the lowest number of working hours per year in Europe (1554, for comparison in the USA - 1810)

16. All shops are closed on Sunday.

17. All banks are closed on Sunday and Monday.

18. The French are always dissatisfied with the current government.

19. Many French people want to leave for Canada.

20. Those who studied / lived once in Canada are preparing for the final move there.

21. A bottle of table wine costs 3-4 euros.

22. A glass of tea in a cafe costs 4-6 euros.

23. The French love meat.

24. The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world (8.5 million people in 2010).

25. At the foot of the Eiffel Tower there is always a long queue at the ticket office.

26. Many French women consider it an insult if a man pays for them.

27. French women take good care of their hair and skin.

28. French women prefer classics in clothes, but they are always looking for their own unique image.

29. French women love to wear jewelry and accessories, skillfully combining colors and shapes.

30. In France, you can drink tap water.

31. Utilities are very expensive in France.

32. Calling a plumber can cost € 500.

33. France is actively using paper documents.

34. All French companies, the services of which the French use, regularly send them different letters.

35. All bills, letters and other papers should NEVER be thrown away.

36. They need to be kept. Desirable for life.

37. Carefully completed papers are the key to success in almost 100% of cases.

38. Higher education in public universities in France is free.

39. Education in private universities is paid and more prestigious.

40. Private universities are higher schools (Grandes Ecoles), which exist only in France.

41. In France, university examinations are written and anonymous.

42. Movie theaters show films in French and in original language with French subtitles.

43. There are many villages in France - they are centers of winemaking.

44. French villages are stunningly beautiful places where people live with happy smiles on their faces.

45. France is the largest agricultural producer in the EU.

46. ​​Agriculture accounts for about 4% of GDP, French agricultural products account for 25% of EU production

47. Agricultural lands occupy 82% of the territory - 48 million hectares.

48. France produces annually 7-8 billion bottles of wine a year, the share of world exports is about 18%.

49. Most French people prefer red wine (about 70%).

50. Cognac is the name of one of the French provinces where this drink comes from.

51. For a decent Frenchman, “to drink” means to drink good wine with a meal.

52. Wine is an indispensable element of the dinner.

53. For lunch, the French often eat a baguette.

54. France is the world's largest importer of frogs.

55. But the French do not eat frogs, they are a delicacy for tourists.

56. The meat of frogs is low-calorie, it tastes like chicken.

57. France is the founder of the EU.

58. The main ideologist of a united Europe - Robert Schumann - Minister of Foreign Affairs of France in 1948-1953.

59. In France, the sales period in shops is set in each region by local authorities.

60. Sales 2 times a year - January-February and July-August.

61. Police in Paris ride on roller skates.

62. The largest flood in Paris was in 1910.

63. In 1898, the first 6 metro lines were launched in Paris.

64. The Louvre became a museum only in 1793 (it was built in the 12th century)

65. Renting a car at the Europcar agency in France will cost about 2 times more than at the same agency in Germany.

66. What is sold in Germany for 1 euro will cost 2 euro in France.

67. French students generally do not respond in class.

68. They do not answer because they are afraid to make a mistake, even if they know the answer.

69. In France, after concerts, artists are not given flowers (at the theater, opera, etc.).

70. The flag in the form of a tricolor in France has existed since 1794.

71. The flag of the European Union with 12 stars was created by Strasbourg resident Arsène Heitz in 1955.

72. The 12 stars on the flag have never indicated the number of countries, it is a religious symbol of unity, solidarity and harmony.

73. The French anthem The Marseillaise was used for some time after the 1917 revolution as the anthem of Russia.

74. The author of the Marseillaise is Roger de Lisle, he wrote the future French anthem in Strasbourg, where he sang it for the first time.

75. In France, the state pays an allowance even for the maintenance of dogs.

76. In general, the less money you have, the more the state gives you in the form of subsidies, material assistance, benefits, etc.

77. A student's public transport pass for a month can be bought for 10 (!) Cents.

78. France is the second country after the USA in terms of the volume of produced nuclear power.

79. France has 59 nuclear power plants.

80. This is approximately 0, 9 power plants per 1 million people, in the United States - about 0.3 per 1 million inhabitants.

81. French people spend the most time sleeping and eating among people in OECD countries.

82. On average, French people sleep about 9 hours a day (OECD study).

83. As the French themselves say, "we do not live in order to work, but quite the opposite."

84. Lunch break in many companies - from 12 to 14 hours.

85. The French are ALWAYS late.

86. Being 15 minutes late is the norm for communication and business management.

87. France gave the world a device called the guillotine.

88. For the first time, the guillotine was proposed to be used in 1792 (French Revolution).

89. In 1793, Louis XVI was executed with the help of the guillotine.

90. For the first time diplomatic relations between Russia and France were established in 1717, when the first Russian ambassador to France presented his credentials signed by Peter I.

91. Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, built in 1806-1808. to commemorate Napoleon's victories.

92. Bugatti cars are produced in the French region of Alsace, near Strasbourg.

93. The largest national holiday is Bastille Day (July 14, 1789).

94. The Bastille was built in Paris in 1370 as a fortification, and in the 17th century it was turned into a prison for dissidents.

95. But at the time of her capture there were only a few prisoners, the main purpose of the capture was weapons.

96. France has one of the highest tax burdens among the EU countries.

97. Income tax - 34.3%

98. VAT rates - 2, 1, 5, 5 and 19, 6%.

99. In 2006, a law was issued limiting the tax burden of a citizen to 50% of his income.

100. In the World Bank's Doing Business ranking, France is ranked 26th out of 183 countries.