French Lessons: Say Quoi?

For today's French Lesson, I thought it would be fun to share with you some funny and interesting facts about French culture, history and statistics. I was sharing these with one of my friends from France, and even she was surprised by a few ("Non, pas possible..."). 
Enjoy!


France has changed its form of government 9 times since the French Revolution in 1789, including 5 republics, 2 empires and 2 constitutional monarchies.

Which is quite interesting, considering France has only had 4 presidents in the last 37 years (since 1974) : Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, François Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy !


The Languedoc-Rousillon city of Nîmes is the birthplace of jeans. The distinctive fabric was imported to California by Levi Strauss in order to make tough work trousers for gold diggers. Denim is short for “de Nîmes”

French people are the second biggest consumers of alcohol per capita in the Western world - after Luxembourg...

French people have the highest female and third highest male life expectancy in the European Union.


French literature is very popular and well known. Charles Perrault was one of France’s most influential children’s writers. He wrote books such as Cinderella (well, re-wrote, it's actually a translation of a Chinese tale; but in the Asian version she has slippers of fur [vair], not glass [verre]), Sleeping Beauty and Puss in Boots.


Under laws that no-one has ever got around to removing from the statute book, it is illegal to call a pig Napoleon.

In 1607, the longest gallery in the world, the Grande Galerie of the Louvre was built for King Henri IV. On wet days, the King and his court held miniature fox hunts inside, riding up and down the centre.
Rocks, trees and grass were moved indoors to make it as real as possible.

In France, in exceptional cases it is possible to marry a deceased person with the authorization of the President of the Republic.

A bientot mes amis!!

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4 comments

Bienvenue chez French Girl in Seattle... said...

Well done, Amber. I am French and there were a couple of things I did not know... I loved that last black and white picture of the iconic couple Françoise Hardy/Jacques Dutronc. They were so young then, and so gorgeous. Well done. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Stephanie @ Labelleinfrance said...

Hehehehe these are great! Loved the last one about the Louvre! Do you rmember the source? Seems I read something like that in Catherine de Medici's biography by Freida but if you remember, let me know! I'm sure I'd love reading that book too!

aki! said...

Haha. I had no idea about most of these things. Very interesting, especially the facts about their government.

Bonnie said...

I wish I could steal French girl's senses of fashion. Seriously. French women always look totally put together without looking like they spent 4 hours getting ready. It's ridiculous.

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