Interesting facts about France
· Nîmes in the Languedoc-Rousillon region is the birthplace of jeans - denim is short for ‘de Nimes’
· When Dom Perignon and his Benedictine monks first stumbled on champagne, they tried to work out ways to get rid of them until they had a sip then kept them
. Famous French inventions include the bikini, hot air balloons, submarines, calculators and parachutes.
. The Statue of Liberty was made in France, and given to the United States as a gift.
. The French are the biggest consumers of medicines in Europe.
. Still under official law, it is illegal to call a pig Napoleon.
. Nicotine was named after Jean Nico who imported tobacco to France in 1559 from Portugal.
. A 2003 condom company survey found the French have more sex than any other country. Also Condom is the name of a village in the southwest of France (unrelated to the term).
. The French TGV is the fastest train in the world.
. 'Tighty-whities' underwear are called kangaroo briefs in France because of their front pocket.
. Chateauneuf du Pape in Provence has a law prohibiting flying saucers from landing in its borders.
. Read interesting facts about ducks in France