21 Interesting Facts About France

Interesting Facts About France

1. France is the largest nation in Western Europe, with countries like Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Andorra and Monaco sharing its boundary.

2. It has nearly 3000 miles of seashore, with three major water bodies: the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and the English Channel.

3. It is also referred to as L’Hexagone, which means the hexagon, due to the geometrical shape of the country.

4. Kilts originated in France, not Scotland

Interesting Facts About France

5. Stilts were invented in France by shepherds who needed a way to get around in the wet marshes.

6. France is also home to the Louvre, one of the largest art museums in the world. It’s in the Capital, and is easily reachable by the Paris hop on hop off bus.

7. In France, a glass pyramid stands outside the Louvre museum as a tribute to the ancient Egyptians and their amazing world.

8. The average French citizen eats 500 snails each year.

Interesting Facts About France

9. France has seven mountain ranges and five major river systems.

10. One punishment for an adulterous wife in medieval France was to make her chase a chicken through town naked.

11. The distress code “Mayday comes from the French for help me, M’Aide!

12. Though traditionally there are around 300 to 400 varieties of French cheese, there are in fact over 1000 different types available in the French market. The French love their cheese!

Interesting Facts About France

13. The country is one of the largest wine-producing nations in the world. There are 17 distinct wine-producing regions like Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire and Provence that continue with the tradition of wine making in France. Goes well with all that cheese!

14. Beer is considered a luxury drink saved for special occasions, wine is free with most meals.


15. The Palace of Versailles, which was occupied by the kings of France, have been said to be haunted by Marie Antoinette, the beheaded Queen of France.

16. An underground rail tunnel, known as the Channel Tunnel, joins England and France. It runs beneath the English Channel, connecting Folkestone, Kent in England and Coquelles, near Calais in France.

Interesting Facts About France

17. The concept of Jean clothing was born in the Languedoc-Roussillon city of Nimes, France, from where it was imported by Levi Strauss to California to make tough clothes for gold diggers.

18. France is the home of the TGV – Train à Grande Vitesse, French for high-speed train. A TGV test train set the record of being the fastest train when it reached a speed of 357 mph on April 3, 2007.

19. France is where the gothic art and the Baroque style of architecture were born. This is the reason why there are numerous cathedrals and buildings that are fine examples of gothic art.

20. From the French Alps to the marvelous beaches lining the azure waters in the French Riviera, France is one of the most visited countries in the world. In 2007, it attracted as many as 81.9 million tourists. This number was greater than its population!

21. The Minitel service, was started as far back as 1984, where people could pay their bills, and even shop from their very homes.

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21 Responses to 21 Interesting Facts About France

  1. Eric White September 16, 2013 at 17:09 #

    Kilts AND stilts? Okay France, I see you. Had no idea that those two rhyming inventions were in fact French. Nice!

  2. Sophie Anastasia September 30, 2013 at 03:42 #

    Interesting! I have spent my summers in France since I was little but didn’t know many of these facts.

    I think no. 10 should be re-introduced, haha.

  3. Marie December 5, 2013 at 02:10 #

    Please verify your facts some of this is wrong. Beer is not a luxury drink and we definitely don’t eat an average of 500 snails a year…

    • angélique May 20, 2014 at 10:55 #

      Its definitely wrong indeed we do eat snail but not that often. And on the contrary we drink beer a lot (because its the cheapest alcohol generaly ! )

  4. frankaboutcroatia December 8, 2013 at 10:02 #

    Origin of a “Mayday” is an interesting one. I also heard somewhere that the word BBQ actually comes from french “de la barbe à la queue”, meaning to cook something entirely. Maybe it is invented story, but I like it :).

  5. gama December 14, 2013 at 09:43 #

    I’m French and I’ve never ever ate any snail !

  6. Bill March 20, 2014 at 16:22 #

    These facts are AWESOME. I did not know that the French ate snails!

    • Cali April 13, 2015 at 22:34 #

      Really? Doesn’t everyone know France eats snail’s? :0

  7. sexybeast April 16, 2014 at 10:40 #

    cool dude hahaha

  8. Louis June 4, 2014 at 10:28 #

    Mayday actually comes from “venez m’aidez”, which literally means “come help me”

    • emily September 10, 2014 at 09:00 #

      how do u know?

      • SL October 20, 2014 at 06:36 #

        Studied the origins of european languages and it’s true, it does come

        from “venez m’aider”

        • True Nomads October 20, 2014 at 08:17 #

          Thanks! I think I will have to eat some snails when I get back to France, just to make up for that comment!

  9. things to do in los angeles with kids October 13, 2014 at 11:29 #

    Have you ever considered writing an ebook or guest authoring on other websites?

    I have a blog based on the same information you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my
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  10. SL October 20, 2014 at 06:45 #

    I’m French and i never had snails and my father who likes eating “garlic snails” probably

    eats snails once a year (once means about 6 snails).

    Also in France beer being the cheapest drink, we drink it at barbequeues (french word “barbequeue” by the way), or watching a game…

    Wine doesn’t come free at all although French wine (being French) is about 30% cheaper than in the US (it’s basicaly taxes and international transportation fees).

    The rest seems correct although i don’t know about exact percentages and numbers of some of these facts.


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