23 Fun Facts About France

Written by: Luke Ward
Reading time: 2 mins
Last updated: April 7, 2021

Did you know that in France, it is against the law to take photos of police officers or police vehicles?

Eiffel Tower - France

Here are the top interesting facts about the country France, including the language, currency, flag and the world-famous Eiffel Tower, enjoy!

A person who can speak French fluently is known as a Francophone.

The entire country of France is divided into twenty-two different regions.

Denim clothing was originally developed in France in the city of Nimes.

It is estimated that 94% of French children know English as their second language.

The tradition of wearing a white dress for wedding days originated in France back in 1499.

April Fool’s Day was also originated in France after the nation started following the Gregorian Calendar but failed to communicate the change properly.

The Capital city of France is Paris, but did you know that Paris was originally named “Lutetia”?

It is estimated that there are between 200,000 and 1 million illegal immigrants in France.

There are over 130 television channels in France.

The Statue of Liberty in New York City, was a gift from the people of France to the US.

Mont-Blanc in the French Alps is the highest peak in Europe. It is nearly 4,810 meters high.

France produces over 400 varieties of cheese!

The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel. It stands at 1,063 feet high (324 meters).

It is illegal to kiss on railways in France.

On November 28, 2002, the Eiffel Tower received its 200,000,000th guest!

Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood, were all written by a Frenchman named Charles Perrault.

France has an estimated population of 67 million people as of 2019.

It is against the law to take photos of police officers or police vehicles.

Grasse in France is known as the World’s Capital of Perfume.

The official name of France is The French Republic and its motto is “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”.

French is the official language of 24 countries in the world.

The French flag is blue, white and red. It is known as Le Drapeau Tricolore which translates to “The three-colored flag”.

The French people call the English people les rosbifs, which translates to “The Roast Beefs”!

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