French Stories by Julie – Part III

Salut! Here is Julie again. Today I would like to list some facts about my native country – France. You could find them funny and/or interesting. Here is a random mix. Let’s go!

  • The word “France” comes from the Franks, a Germanic people whose name derives from the Frankish “frank”, meaning “free”.
  • French was the official language of England for over 300 years.
  • It’s illegal to name a pig Napoleon in France.
  • The hot air balloon, the submarine and the parachute were invented in France.
  • Paris’s nickname is “the city of lights,”. Actually it refers to the number of intellectuals who has been living there.
  • The Eiffel tower was originally intended to be dismantled and sold as scrap after its construction.
  • The croissant was actually invented in Austria… Yes, I am exactly as shocked as you may be!
  • Each day in France, 2 new cooking books are published.
  • Kilts originated in France, not in Scotland.
  • France has won the most Nobel Prizes for literature of any country.

Next week George and his stamps will be back. I am happy I had the opportunity to share some knowledge about my country.


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