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What an interesting question. I teach French, and this would be a good Internet scavenger hunt for my students.
Here are a few more facts
- The month of August is vacation time in France. Companies across the nation shut down, and everyone goes on vacation.
- There is a smaller version of the Statue of Liberty on an island in the Seine river.
- When the Nazis invaded Paris, curators of the Louvre hid the great pieces of art. One story goes that a painting was too big to hide, so they nailed it to the ceiling of a Paris pub. Nazi soldiers would often drink there and never looked up!
- No one knows what the word "Louvre" means. There has been a settlement on that site for more than a thousand years.
- The streets of Paris are so wide because Napoleon feared a riot like those that happened during the revolution. He had all of the streets widened so that no group would be able to set up a barricade on one.
- The Eiffel Tower is probably the most recognizable symbol of France, but people hated it when it was being constructed. Prominent Parisians started a petition to have it torn down.
- The French language has no "ch" or "th" or "wh" sounds. The combination "ch" is pronounced either as "k" or as "sh." The letters "th" are pronounced "t." I can't think of any word that has a "wh" pairing.
- In France, Monday is the first day of the week, as opposed to Sunday's being the first day of the week in the US.
- Although King Arthur is a hero of British literature, the people who wrote most of the stories about him and his knights were French.
- I don't know if it's still the case, but when I visited France back in the 1980s, you had to pay to use a restroom. I remember that in one restaurant, a lady sat at a table inside the ladies room, and you had to drop a franc into her dish before you could leave.
- The Macdonalds in Paris serves wine.
Well, all that seems pretty random to me. I hope it helps you.
France is roughly the same size in area as the US State of Alaska
France has almost twice as many people as California does
The French use very little ice in their day to day life, as refrigeration is so expensive.
You can buy ice cream almost directly beneath the Eiffel Tower
The French Peugeot company made both cars and bicycles
France is second only to the United States in the production of commercial jetliners, by the company AirBus
The Sacre Coeur at Montmartre in Paris is white, and stays white, because it is constructed of a certain type of limestone.
Certain sites in Normandy, such as Point du Hoc, are still riddled with craters from WWII explosives, and still have razor wire clinging to cliffs.
The Mont St Michel is surrounded by water during certain times of day when the tide is in.
The Louvre is famously known as a museum, but it was once the home of Napoleon Bonaparte.
- French was the official language of England for over 300 years.
- French is the second most commonly taught foreign language, after English.
- Between 6-11 million Americans speak French.
- The Eiffel Tower is painted every 7 years.
- France is the most visited country in the world
- There's only one STOP sign in the entire city of Paris.
- The French government gives medals to citizens who have "successfully raised several children with dignity.
The Statue of Liberty was made in France, and given to the United States as a gift.
French was the official language of England for over 300 years.
France produces more nuclear electricity than Spain, Russia, Germany and the UK combined.
Under laws that no-one has ever got round to removing from the statute book, it is illegal to call a pig Napoleon.
Lefevere is the most populare last name in France.
Comte cheese is best eaten 30 months after it is made.
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