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​French toast was invented by a man called Joseph French. In France it's called "lost bread" or pain perdu.

French fries were invented in Belgium, the name was coined by American soldiers during World War One because the language spoken in Belgium is French.

A 1910 law forbids couples from kissing on train platforms to avoid delayed departures.

In the village of Saint-Léger-des-Prés it is illegal to slander donkeys, such as “jack-ass,” “dumb as an ass,” etc. Anybody breaking this law is required to make amends by offering apologies in the form of carrots or sugar lumps to the donkeys.

The international distress code Mayday comes from the French word m’aidez which means “help me”.

Le Bon Marché, the world’s first department store, was founded in Paris in 1838. 

During the Second World War, the Mosque of Paris protected French Jews from the Nazis by supplying them with Muslim Identification cards.

French were the first to make license plates in 1893.

France had the first public transportation, in 1660.

​No country has won more Nobel Prizes for Literature than France.

The actual name “France” came from a Germanic tribe, from the word frank, which meant “free” in their native tongue.

The French government awards medals to citizens who have “successfully raised several children with dignity”.

There is not one “Stop” sign in the entire city of Paris.

​The terms “right-wing” or “left-wing” to describe a political party began in France during the Revolution. The reformists sat on the left side in the National Assembly, while the conservatives sat on the right side.


France is the largest country in the European Union.

French was the official language in England 300 years, from 1066 to 1362.

Kilts originated in France, not Scotland.

The average French citizen eats 500 snails each year.