- France once controlled more
than 8% of the world's land.
- Napoleon wasn't short. He was actually above the average Frenchman.
- was originally
- a Roman city
- called "Lutetia".
- The French government gives medals to citizens who have "successfully raised several children with dignity."
- There's only one STOP sign in the entire city of Paris.
- In France, you can marry a dead person.
- There is a small village in France called "Pussy".
- making it the most depressed
country in the world.
- French Toast Isn't French. Joseph French advertised the modern toast but forgot to add the apostrophe.
- Louis XIX was King of France for just 20 minutes.
- The Mosque of Paris helped Jews escape the Nazis by giving them Muslim IDs during WW2.
- There is a town in France called Condom.
- France was the first country to introduce the license plate.
- Potatoes were illegal in France between 1748 and 1772.
- In France, it's illegal to name a pig "Napoleon".
- In France, nearly 96% of high schools have condom vending machines.
- The oldest bridge in Paris, France, is the Pont Neuf, or "New Bridge."
- King John I of France was proclaimed king five months before he was born. He only lived for five days.
- France uses 12 different time zones, the most of any country in the world.
- From 1814 to 1830, the flag of the Kingdom of France was plain white.
- Beauty pageants for children are banned in France. They are punishable with up to 2 years in prison and a €30,000 fine.
- Paris taxi drivers have to pay nearly 200,000 euros for their licenses. That's why there are so few.
- All champagne is produced in the Champagne region in France. Otherwise it is called sparkling wine.
- The official city motto of Paris is "Fluctuat nec mergitur", meaning "She is tossed by the waves but does not sink."
- The Gallic rooster is the national animal of France.
- The Louvre was built in 1190 as a defense against Viking raids.
- Louis XIV of France had a coat with 123 diamond buttons on it.
- France has no official racial statistics, due to being an "ideally colorblind republicanism."
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the most populated officially Francophone country, not France.
- King of the French Louis Phillippe survived 7 assassination attempts.
- The first Cannes Film Festival was called off after the screening of just one film due to the outbreak of WW2.
- The French military actually has the best military record in Europe. Out of 168 battles fought since 387BC, they have won 109, lost 49 and drawn 10.
- Napoleon named the Louvre after himself during his reign of France and housed his plunder of Europe.
- Louis X of France died after a particularly exhausting game of tennis. He drank a large quantity of cooled wine and subsequently died of either pneumonia or pleurisy.
- France opened in 2016 what it claims to be the world's first solar panel road, in a Normandy village.
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon is a French island just 25 km off the coast of Canada. 6000 French citizens live there.
- Haiti was demanded compensation from France
- The first violence of the French Revolution took place at a luxury wallpaper factory.
- Way before the Web, France had Minitel since 1978, an online service that gave its users access to online shopping, search engines, porn and message boards. It reached 25 million users in the 90s, connecting to more than 23,000 services.
- There are six villages in France called Silly, 12 called Billy and two called Prat.
- Notre Dame, one of Paris' oldest edifices, was almost demolished in the 19th century and was only saved by Victor Hugo, who planted it back in the public's hearts and consciousness through his novel.
- Anyone over 14 can drive a VSP car in France without a licence.
- France paid the highest taxes in Europe in 2016, with a real tax rate of 57.53%.