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CultureLittle Known Facts

Here are 10 not so well known facts about France and the French.

  1. The Paris metro has 303 stations and transports almost 1.5 billion people a year.

  2. The Marseillaise, the French national anthem, was first sung in Strasbourg, not Marseille.
    Composer of the Marseillaise, Rouget de Lisle sings it below.

  3. The novel La Disparition (A Void) by Georges Perec, in its original French does not use the letter 'e'.

  4. In French two weeks is in fact 15 days, quinze jours.
    Poster of Two Weeks in Another Town - Quinze jours ailleurs in French.

  5. When the President of France eats a Gallette des Rois, a traditional cake eaten in early January, it can't have a fève, a small token, in it. Who ever will get the fève is the king or queen for the day, but of course the President of France can't be royalty.

  6. French politicians can simultaneously hold more than one elected office - cumul des mandats in French.

  7. MARTIN is the most popular last name in France.
    Statue of Saint Martin.

  8. There are 17 main wine regions in France.

  9. Comté cheese is best when aged 18-24 months.

  10. Alsacien type homes are not considered immobilier, the French term for real estate that also means non-moveable, but in fact mobilier, French for moveable, because they are demountable and thus can be moved. Alsacien type homes were built this way so that homes could be part of dowries.

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