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20 Crazy Facts about France

July 17, 2018

 

 

To honor France's Bastille Day and winning the World Cup Championship for the second time, we decided to collect and give you some of the most craziest facts about France. 20 of them, to be exact.  

 

 

  1. France is the world's most popular tourist destination with over 80 million visitors per year. Pretty tough.
     

  2. Lucky for them, France is also the largest country in EU
     

  3. France has over 40,000 castles, palaces, and stately buildings. Some are even for sale.
     

  4. Croissants are actually from Austria. Also, French Fries and French Toast aren't really french. Stop attaching the word “French” to items.
     

  5. The oldest bridge in Paris is called Pont Neuf, which translates to “The New Bridge".
     

  6. Want to stay in Paris for free? Famous book store Shakespeare and Co. in hosts “Tumbleweeds” free of charge. You can stay there as long as you write your autobiography, help out in the shop or read a book a day.
     

  7. Louis XIX was the king of France for just 20 minutes. Maybe the XIX indicates the number of minutes he ruled.
     

  8. According to French law, you can marry a dead person, but only as long as the deceased approved your proposal while he or she were alive, and you get an approval from the president.
     

  9. You can also marry objects - In 2008, a woman married the Eiffel Tower, and afterwards changed her name to Erika La Tour Eiffel.

    The perfect lover

     

  10. French gastronomy was awarded an UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2010. 
     

  11. More than half of the world’s roundabouts are located in France. Around and about 30,000 to be more accurate.
     

  12. The entire city of Paris has only one stop sign. 
     

  13. If you look closely at the Eiffel Tower, you might notice the names of 72 French engineers and scientists from the 19th century, engraved on the tower.
     

  14. Also, there’s a Champagne Bar on top of the Eiffel Tower. Don't drink and jump.
     

  15. There is a Victor Hugo street in every town in France.
     

  16. France has the highest number of ski resorts. Or so they say.

    Yet another ski resort

     

  17. The most visited attraction in Paris is Disneyland Paris, with 13 million visitors. Bonus fact It’s called Disneyland Paris, so stop calling it "Eurodisney".
     

  18. Taxi drivers in Paris can pay up to 240,000 euros to get a license, due to the increased competition with Uber etc. So the next time you’re complaining about the taxi prices...
     

  19. There's a blood pudding competition in Normandy, Foire au Boudin, and the winner is the one who eats the most. And we thought French food was the best.
     

  20. Taking your snail on a high-speed train? According to French law, you must buy it a ticket. Apparently, any pet under 5 kilos must carry a ticket.

    A snail trying to avoid the "ticket man"

 

So, that's it, for now. See you next time France wins the World Cup.
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