Discussing various facts about France is always interesting. Maybe some of us only know about French football. Actually there are many interesting facts about France besides the football. Here are 10 facts about the French state that you may not know.
- Beer is considered a luxury and expensive drink in France. Usually, wine is given for free at most restaurants for lunch and dinner. The French love cheese with wine. The country produces over 400 types of cheese with over 1,000 different varieties. The popular drink is Hot Chocolate.
- The Eiffel Tower is one of the popular facts about France known by many people around the world. With 950 feet height, the Eiffel Tower houses two restaurants, a post office and an observation deck. The elevators that carry people to the first three platforms are available here.
- England and France are connected by an underwater tunnel called the Eurotunnel. It takes times about 30-40 minutes from Great Britain to France.
- One of fun facts about France is about eating out habit. The tip is included in the bill. The breakdown is 19.6 per cent of the total for tax plus a service charge. Usually around 15% is added on top. They only leave one or two coins if they are really happy with the service and considered as an extra tip.
- France is also associated with the Tour de France, a well-recognized sport and one of the most popular bicycle races in the world. This race is trough over 2,200 miles of road in over a 21-day. Until 1985, this race dominated by France and Belgium. The most wins still keep by France with 36.
- France is the most visited destinations in the world for its popular attractions such as Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Cathedral of Notre Dame. You can find the Mona Lisa and other works by Money and Renoir on the Louvre museum.
- The Statue of Liberty which is located in the United States was a gift from France to celebrate the U.S.’s centennial. It was built in France.
- France divides its military system into four departments, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Military Police. The country has at least 359,000 military personnel and spends almost 2.5 percent of it’s GDP on its defense. A large portion of the military instruments are made in France, remarkably the Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier, the Exocet missile and the Rafale fighter.
- The French government announced new regulations that prohibit any mention of “Facebook” and”Twitter” on television or radio, except being part of the news. This regulation refers to a decree in 1992 which prohibit the use of the name of a particular service with promotional purposes. The mention of the word “Facebook” and “Twitter” violates this decree.
- French poetry and literature is said to have reached its success in the eighteenth and twentieth century with ‘Cinderalla’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Bluebeard’ . These were written by Charles Pennaut. Another contribution of this country to the world of literature and heritage are ‘The Three Musketeers’, ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’,’The Hunchback of Notre dame’ and ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea’. ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, written by the Gaston Leroux during the twentieth century may be one of the most famous pieces of French literature in modern times.
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