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Facts about one of the Romantic Languages of the Indo-European family i.e., French

French is a Romance language descended from Latin, with influences across the centuries from the Celts, the Romans, and the Vikings.

  • French is second only to English for the number of countries where it has official status – 32 as opposed to 45. And, with 56 members, La Francophonie is now larger than the Commonwealth, which has 53.
  • Over 20,000 new French words are created each year.
  • French is also the only language, with English, that is taught in every country of the world, with 100 million students and 2 million teachers – 20 % of whom are outside of francophone countries.
  • French wasofficial language of England for around 300 years.
  • More than 1.5 million Americans are native French speakers.

Interesting facts about France

  • France has the influence has on the world, both in the past and today, is difficult to overstate.
  • It is one of the world’s oldest countries, and its reach extends around the globe through science, politics, economics and culture.
  • It is the European Union’s largest nation, and it is known as L’Hexagone.
  • The camera phone has been invented in France.
  • There are more than five million people of Arab and African descent living in France.
  • In the past, France was a colony where people from various regions from across the world came and settled.
  • Capital of France i.e., Paris along with London, Milan and New York is considered as Fashion capital of 21st century.
  • Two new cookbooks are published here every day. France is known for its mouth-watering cuisine, held a standard the world over. Some of the most famous dishes to originate in France.
  • A French law in 1910 confined couples kissing on train platforms to romantic scenes on the silver screen. The ban was lifted to avoid overcrowded stations and service delays. However today there’s no penalty for a cheeky train-station smooch.
  • After Germany France has the second-largest population of EU nations. And 85% of its population lives in urban areas.
  • France is the world’s most popular tourist. The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world.
  • All roads in the country have a point where they all start. This point is named Point Zero, and it is marked by a bronze star that is set on the pavement near the Notre Dame Cathedral’s main entrance in Paris.
  • The world’s greatest cycle race, the Tour de France, is more than 100 years old.

French Cultural Facts:

  • It is illegal to throw out food in France. It seems fitting that a country that loves food as much as France should be the first to pass a law making throwing away good food illegal. As of 2016, any unsold but edible food must be donated rather than thrown away, or you could come up against the long arm of the law.
  • There are 400 kinds of cheese made in France:The French are the highest consumers of cheese on the planet, with almost half the population eating the stuff on a daily basis. And that means hundreds of different types of cheese produced on home soil, with some seriously good produce.
  • The average French citizen eats 500 snails each year: Snails or escargots are a popular French delicacy, traditionally served as an hors-d’oeuvre with garlic butter.

Perks of learning French:

  • French will enable you to overcome the language barrier in most places globally, particularly in Europe and Africa, where the language reigns supreme.
  • After learning this language, you can study at renowned French universities and Business schools. Also, just after completing B1 certification in French, you can get an amazing job with a good salary package in Banks, MNC’s, Tourism Industry.
  • And doing one level ahead you can grab many more opportunities. You can work as a Frenchtrainer/ teacher in reputed schools/ universities, embassies or companies after you have completed B2 certification in French.