Amazing & Untold Facts About France

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France is Located in the continent of ­Europe, it covers over ‎640,427 km2 (247,270 mi2) of land and 3,374 km2 (1,303 mi2) square kilometers of water, making it the 43rd largest nation in the world and has a land mass of 242,495 km².

France was founded as a distinct and original nation in 987 by Hugh Capet . The population of United France is 66.9 million (2016) and the nation has a density of 117.37 people per square kilometer.

The currency of France is the  French Francs (FRF) As well, the people of United France are referred as French British.

The capital of France is Paris.

Facts About France

The area of France in Europe is known as metropolitan France and is the largest in Europe.

The national motto of France is Liberté, égalité, fraternité, these translate to “liberty”, “equality”, “fraternity”.

The French republic is divided into 18 regions, 13 of these regions are in metropolitan France and 5 in Overseas France.

The regions are:

Île-de-France 2013 population (11,959,807) and in 2015 population was (12,073,914),

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 2013 population (7,757,595), and in 2015 (7,874,586),

Hauts-de-France 2013 population (5,987,883) and in 2015 (6,006,853),

Nouvelle-Aquitaine 2013 population (5,844,177) and in 2015 (5,904,843),

Occitanie 2013 population (5,683,878) and in 2015 (5,791,865),

Grand Est 2013 population (5,552,388) and in 2015 (5,560,405),

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur 2013 population (4.953,675) and in 2015(4,989,435),

Pays de la Loire 2013 population (3,660,852) and in 2015 (3,716,068)

Normandy 2013 population (3,328,364) and in 2015 (3,334,657),

Brittany 2013 population (3,258,707) and in 2015 (3,294,302),

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté 2013 population (2,819,783) and in 2015 (2,821,042),

Centre-Val de Loire 2013 population (2,570,548) and in 2015 (2,582,374),

Réunion 2013 population (850,996) and in 2015 (843,529),

Guadeloupe 2013 population (402,119) and in 2015 (400,132),

Martinique 2013 population (385,551) and in 2015 (378,243),

Corsica 2013 population (320,2018) and in 2015 (326,898),

French Guiana 2013 population (259,865) and in 2015 (254,541),

Mayotte 2013 population (256,500) and in 2015 (226,915)

 

There are 36,681 communes in France.

French is the most studied language in the world after English.

34% of French people living in France can’t speak English

The word France comes from the Latin word Francia or land of the franks.

In France it is illegal to collect ancestry or ethnicity data.

France became the most visited country in the world since 2013, with over 82 million people visiting.

France is ranked 5th in the world when it comes to tourist spending.

Tourism contributed 77.7 billion euros to (GDP), 30% of which comes from international visitors and 70% from domestic tourism spending. The total contribution of travel and tourism represents 9.7% of GDP and supports 3 million jobs (10.9% of employment) in the country.

One of the reasons why France is one of the most sought-after tourist destination is its vast world heritage sites. As of July 2013, France has over 43 UNESCO zones, making it the 4th in the world when it comes to UNESCO zones.

The world Heritage zones in France are Carcassonne, Chartes Cathedral, Gulf of Porto, Bordeaux, Vezelay and many more.

Eiffel tower in France is the most visited location in the world, in 2015 an estimated 6.9 million people were said to have visited the place.

France is home to the world’s largest museum, Museum Louvre. In 2016 it was ranked the most visited arts museum in the world with over 7.3 million people visiting.

France has the highest amount of Nobel prices with 61 Nobel Laureates in record.

France is the first country in the world to put license plates on vehicles, this began in 1901 when vehicles were mandated to have license plates.

France is also the first country in the world to perform a successful heart transplant with an artificial heart. This happened at the Georges-Pompidou Hospital. The artificial heart is powered by a watch-like battery that can be worn externally. The artificial heart was designed using a range of bio materials including Bovine tissue. This was to reduce the likelihood of the body rejecting it.

The artificial heart guarantees a service lifetime of 5 years compared to others designed for the same purpose.

France is sometimes referred to as the hexagon due to its hexagonal shape.

The writing system for the blind known as Braille, was created by Louis Braille a Frenchman who was blinded as a child.

Braille users can read computer screens and other electronic support systems thanks to refreshable Braille displays.

Since February 2016 it became illegal in France to throwaway or destroy unsold food. Shops are to required by law to donate wastages to charity or food banks.

The Academy France was founded in 1634 by a small group of intellectuals to preserve the French language.

French is home to the world’s oldest person, she goes by the name Jeanne Calment. She died on 4th August 1997 at the age of 122.

French is the oldest recorded human voice, the phonautogram was created by etching soot covered paper and was invented by partisan inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville.

Mont Blanc, meaning “white mountain” is the highest mountain in Alps and the highest mountain in Europe measuring in at 15,777ft tall. It is also one of the most dangerous mountains with a fatality rate of 100 climbers a year.

Gare du Nord is the largest train station in Pari, France, and the busiest in Europe. It is also the hub for trains arriving and departing Paris on the Eurostar.

Gare du Nord station has over 109 million passengers passing through it every year.

France produces over a billion tons of chees each year in about 1,200 varieties, and almost 50% of French people eat Cheese every day.

The world’s 4th longest novel is “A la recherche du temps perdu” by Marcel Proust, which translates to “remembrance of things past “. It was first published in 1992 and contains 4,215 pages and 1.5 million words.

In 1748 the cultivation of potatoes was made illegal in France. The reason is, they were thought to cause leprosy. 24 years later potation cultivation was decriminalized which was sometime in 1972.

In France it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon.

In the year 1386, a pig was hanged in France for eating a baby’s face.

In France, beauty pageants for children under 18 is considered illegal.

France stretches over 12-time zones, more than any other country in the world.

For 214 years until 2012, it was illegal for women to wear trousers without legal authorization in France.

Members of the French foreign legion wounded while fighting for France can immediately apply for French Citizenship. It is also possible to get French Citizenship by serving in the French foreign Legion for 3 years.

One of the famous delicacies in France is Escargots, which translates to “cooked snail”. It is server as a starter in France, Spain and Portugal and is also a typical dish in Catalonia and North African countries such as Morocco and France.

France is Mc Donald’s most profitable market outside the USA. With more than 1,000 outlets spread throughout the nation.

The world’s most popular bicycle race is held in France, and it goes by the name Tour de France.

France is known to give people medals for raising children with dignity. The medal is known as Médaille de la Famille française. The award comes in different classes, which are Bronze for raising 4 or 4 kids, Silver for raising 6 or 7 kids and Gold for raising 8 or more kids.

In 1983 Médaille de la Famille française was reformed to allow fathers be awardee as well.

France suffers from the highest rate of depression in the world.

The first French actor to win best actor at the Oscars is Jean Dujardin. He was awarded for his role in the 2011 film “The Artist”.

The Eifel tower in France was only meant to be temporary and was going to be demolished after 20 years and sold as scrap.

France was the 4th country to acquire nuclear weapons and tested its first A bomb in the Algerian port of the Saharan desert in 1960. France is also one of the 5 nations which possesses hydrogen bomb, which uses nuclear fusion instead of nuclear fission to create explosions more powerful than bombs used by the USA to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Two new cook books are published every day in France.

In France its illegal to say follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook, as this is perceived as unfair competition to others.

 

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