Things France does better than any other nation

Cheese

No other country produces over 246 varieties of cheese. Making ripe and delicious cheese is a part of France’s heritage and makes it the ultimate cheese producer and prime destination of cheese lovers all over the world.

Shopping

Paris is one of the prime shopping destinations in the world. Every shopaholic knows that every designer brand along with the most exclusive designer wear, perfumes, lingerie, shoes, boots and what not are exclusively available here. As they say, Paris is known as the fashion capital of the world.

Museums

Paris is home to many culturally and historically critical museums such as the Louvre, which holds countless and timeless masterpieces of western civilization. The Loire Valley has many beautiful medieval structures and castles that depict the renaissance period, architecture and history of kings.

Trains

Did you know that the French trains are much faster than your typical airplanes? The French love to enjoy the slow life while traveling fast. The TGV or train a grand Vitesse which translates into high-speed train will enable you to cross country travel within very short periods.

Traffic jams

The French don’t seem to drive with proper driving etiquettes like other nations as they tend to avoid the acknowledgment of other cars on the road and drive according to their will. Moreover, they are known to make some ridiculous blocks and traffic jams, particularly on national holidays which last over hours. This is more of a criticism than rewarding the French.

Politeness

The French are very polite and capable of being dismissive as well, in a rather polite way. When talking to the French, it is advised to greet them with a loud and clear Bonjour or Bonsoir, which means good morning or good evening.  In other words, you give respect and take respect with the French.

Sexiness

French men and women are generally considered sexy all over the world for their attractive French accent along with their classy and designer fashion sense. Moreover, the French are not shy about their sexuality and instead promote it as a way of life.

Luxury

Some of the most elite designer brands are all French. Top fashion luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, etc. are all based on Paris. It is no wonder the French people dress ridiculously good.

Globalization

It is a fact that slowly and progressively French products are taking over most of the economy. The French were the initial ones to bring in Globalization through their advanced system of sewers. Now, the majority of the fashion brands, cosmetics, electricity, army supplies, and transportation systems are sourced from the French.

 

Interesting facts about France

France is the most popular tourist attraction in the whole wide world

A recent survey confirmed that an approximate figure of 83.7 million tourists had visited France, thus making it the most tourist visited country in the world.

France is the most substantial country of the EU, depicting a hexagon shape

France spreads over an extensive area of over 551,000 square kilometers making it the biggest member nation of the EU. France is said to constitute a fifth of the entire size of the EU nations. Moreover, due to its six sides, it earned the nickname, L’hexagone.

 

Did you know that Louis XIX was proclaimed king of France for a mere 20 minutes

Regarded as the shortest ruling in the history of the nation, Louis XIX came into power in 1830 and decided to abdicate himself over his cousin, the Duke of Bordeaux.

The national motto of France is Liberty, equality, and fraternity

The sense of brotherhood is regarded as the national motto of France. It is a fact that the entire legal system in France is moreover based on Napoleon Bonaparte’s civil code implemented in the late 1800s.

The French army was the first army to avail camouflage in World War 1

The French were the first ones to implement the idea of camouflaging their troops and vehicles behind enemy lines in order to maintain the element of surprise and stealth. The word camouflage is a French word meaning to dress up for play. Those who formulated such camouflage paints and uniforms were called camofleurs.

In the nation of France, it is technically legal to marry a deceased person

Marrying a dead person in exceptional cases is legal. The rules state that if the person can prove that the deceased individual had the intention of marrying the latter with significant proof and after gaining the President’s permission can get legally hitched.

France was the first nation to ban supermarkets from destroying excessive or unsold items

France took the first step in prohibiting food wastage by preventing supermarkets from dumping their unsold food items in the trash and instead diverts such food to the needy and charitable organizations. It was implemented in February 2016.

Europe’s highest mountain peak exists in the French Alps

France’s Mont Blanc stands at an astonishing vertical length of over 4,810m above sea level, thus making it the highest mountain peak of all of Europe.

Tour de France has existed for more than 100 years

It is intriguing to know that the famous French cycling race, Tour de France which requires cyclists to cycle over 2000 miles across France throughout 23 days. The first Tour de France took place on 1st July 1903.

 

Crazy facts about the Eiffel Tower you probably did not know

The Eiffel tower was meant to be temporary

Yes, it is true that the Eiffel tower was expected to be a temporary installation intended to commemorate the 100 years of French Revolution in the year 1889, at the World Fair conducted at Paris. However, the soon to become French heritage structure was not taken down since it had an antenna on top it to broadcast various television and radio signals.

Gustave Eiffel did not design the Eiffel tower

On the contrary to the popular misconception that Gustave Eiffel designed the beaming tower, but in reality, it was created by two chief engineers in Gustave’s company. The actual designers of the tower are indeed Emile Nouguier and Maurice Koechlin. Since Gustave funded the project, he had bought the patent right to himself.

Initially, Parisians hated the tower

Numerous citizens along with famous intellectuals claimed that the ugly Eiffel tower would damage the beauty of the Paris skyline and instead depicted a giant dark smokestack.

Hitler had ordered the demolition of the Eiffel Tower

After Adolf Hitler recognized he was going to lose the city of France to the Allied forces, he had ordered the immediate destruction of the Eiffel tower along with the entire city. Thankfully, the order was not followed through.

Someone is legally married to the Eiffel Tower

In the year 2007, an American lady named Erika Aya got married to the Eiffel Tower in a proper commemorate ceremony and later changed her last name to Eiffel. She is diagnosed with the condition, paraphilia, which means she tends to form serious relationships with inanimate objects.

It is illegal to take a photograph of the Eiffel Tower at night

The Eiffel Tower lights up each hour after dawn, forming the illumination show which is bound to leave you dumbstruck in its beauty. It is, however, illegal to take a photo of its lighting beauty beyond dark and share it on social media platforms due to its patent right copied causality.

The timely repainting of the Eiffel Tower is done by hand

No sort of mechanics is availed when painting the Eiffel Tower from time to time. It is instead a labor-intensive work and ensures utter personal touch since the painters are issued with old school equipment consisting of a bucket of paint and toothbrush.

Eiffel Tower is the most paid tourist attraction in the world

Every year the Eiffel Tower sees more than 6 million tourists and is thus considered the most visited paid monument of the world.