French Culture Facts

French Culture Facts
France, and more specifically its capital city of Paris, has been a high culture center dating back to the 1600s in most of Europe. In the 1900s the French culture and its high society appeal spread to be known throughout most of the world. France has also played an important role in cuisine, fashion and cinema, beginning in the late 1800s. There are several different regional languages throughout France including Breton and Alsatian, Occitan and the Basque language which is in no way related to French. Because France maintains freedom of thought and religion, as established in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789, there are several different religions practiced in their country. French cuisine is world famous and plays a strong role in the country's reputation for high culture, as is the strong connection to high style fashion.
Interesting French Culture Facts:
There are approximately 65 million people living in France today.
Religions practiced in France include Roman Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism, and Judaism.
France is well known for being a romantic country with strong emphasis on passion, not only for love relationships but for food, wine, living well, and less-commercialized pursuits.
A French meal usually includes bread (long, crusty baguettes are popular), and cheese.
The French are known for food that requires a lot of preparation such as boeuf bourguignon and coq au vin. Wine is often used in cooking French dishes.
The most famous cooking school in the world was founded in France and is called The Cordon Bleu.
Although most people believe that French restaurants are extremely expensive, but in reality it is possible to eat very delicious food in France without spending a fortune.
The French invented the crepe and they are still sold all over the place in France, even at street vendor carts.
Art is highly regarded in France and France is known for the art collections in museums in their country. The most famous art gallery in the world, The Louvre, is located in Paris, France. It is home to the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.
Many high-end fashion houses are located in Paris. Paris is home to multiple fashion shows that attract many famous celebrities from around the world.
Every one of France's 22 regions has their own traditional dress.
Famous French designers include Chanel, Yves St. Lauren and Coco Chanel.
88% of those living in France speak French as their first language. Most minorities in France also speak French as a second language.
French people tend to be private, polite, and the handshake is the common form of greeting.
Some French using kissing on the cheek as a greeting. First a kiss is made on the left cheek and then the right.
French believe that flowers should only be given in even numbers.
It is extremely rude to be more than 10 minutes late for a meal without calling to explain the delay.
Table manners are extremely important to the French, as is the way the table is set.
When eating fruit in France one is expected to peel and slice it prior to eating.

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