France: The Perfume Capital Of The World

France is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean; France covers 640,679 square kilometers (247,368 sq mi) and has a population of 66.6 million. It is a unitary semi-presidential republic. The capital of France is Paris, the country's largest city and the main cultural and commercial center. The Constitution of France establishes the state as secular and democratic, with its sovereignty derived from the people.


During the Iron Age, what is now France was inhabited by the Gauls, a Celtic people. The Gauls were conquered by the Roman Empire in 51 BC, which held Gaul until 486. The Gallo-Romans faced raids and migration from the Germanic Franks, who dominated the region for hundreds of years, eventually creating the medieval Kingdom of France. France has been a major power in Europe since the Late Middle Ages, with its victory in the Hundred Years' War (1337 to 1453) strengthening French state-building and paving the way for a future centralized absolute monarchy.

During the Renaissance, France experienced a vast cultural development and established the first steps of a worldwide colonial empire. The 16th century was dominated by religious civil wars between Catholics and Protestants (Huguenots). The currencies are the Euro (EUR) and CFP franc (XPF).

Some interesting facts are:
1. The French government gives medals to citizens who have "successfully raised several children with dignity."


2. 1 in 5 people in France has experienced depression making it the most depressed country in the world.


3. In France, you can marry a dead person.


4. France was the first country to introduce the license plate.


5. In France, nearly 96% of high schools have condom vending machines.


6. France is also know as ‘the hexagon' – because of its six-sided shape, France is sometimes referred to as l’hexagone.


7. Europe’s highest mountain is in the French Alps – Mont Blanc, at 4,810m, takes an arduous 10 to 12 hours to climb to the summit. Alternatively, you can take a leisurely 20-minute trip up on Europe’s highest cable car on the nearby Pic du Midi to get a brilliant view of Mont Blanc.


8. In France, “French kiss” is called a tongue kiss or soul kiss.


9. Grasse, France is known as the Perfume Capital of the World.


10. French toast and french fries aren’t French inventions.


11. In France, a glass pyramid stands outside the Louvre museum as a tribute to the ancient Egyptians and their amazing world.


12. The average French citizen eats 500 snails each year.


13. The Palace of Versailles, which was occupied by the kings of France, have been said to be haunted by Marie Antoinette, the beheaded Queen of France.


14. An underground rail tunnel, known as the Channel Tunnel, joins England and France. It runs beneath the English Channel, connecting Folkestone, Kent in England and Coquelles, near Calais in France.


15. The oldest bridge in Paris, France, is the Pont Neuf, or "New Bridge."


16. There's only one STOP sign in the entire city of Paris.


17. During WWII, when Hitler visited Paris, the French cut the lift cables on the Eiffel Tower so that Hitler would have to climb the steps if he wanted to reach the top.


18. The Mosque of Paris helped Jews escape the Nazis by giving them Muslim IDs during WWII.


19. The world's first true department store was Le Bon Marché in Paris, founded by Aristide Boucicaut in 1838.


20. There is a Statue of Liberty in Paris that faces the Statue of Liberty in America, symbolizing the friendship between the two countries.

For more facts visit:
http://www.france.fr/en.html
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/france

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