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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.

. Chateauneuf du Pape in Provence has a law prohibiting flying saucers from landing in its borders.

. Read interesting facts about ducks in France

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