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Culture

  • France has been a center of cultural creation for centuries. Many French artists have been among the most renowned of their time, and France is still recognized in the world for its rich cultural tradition.
  • France is home to 29 UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Mont St. Michel Abbey, Versailles Palace, and the Chartres Cathedral.
  • Among the most famous French, there should be mentioned writers C. Baudelaire, G. Flaubert, M. Proust, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, fashion designer Coco Chanel, dilm directors Luc Besson, Jean Cocteau, François Truffaut, philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre, Jacques Derrida and many other.
  • France is also home to the Louvre, one of the largest art museums in the world.
  • France is where the Gothic Art and the Baroque style of architecture were born. This is the reason why there are numerous cathedrals and buildings that are fine examples of Gothic Art.
  • Famous French inventions include the adding machine, the hot air balloon, the airship, the parachute, the submarine, the ambulance service, photography, animation and cinema.
  • France is the country that has won the most Nobel prizes for literature (13 as of 2005, with the last prize going back to 1985).
  • French people cheek kiss to greet each others between family and friends, even between men. The number of kisses varies according to the region, from 1 (e.g. in the tip of Brittany) to 4 (e.g. Paris and most of the North), and occasionally up to 5 in Corsica.
  • Paris is the leading capital of fashion and design. Along with Milan, London and New York, Paris is center of a important number of fashion shows. Some of the world's biggest fashion houses (for ex:Chanel) have their headquarters in France.
  • The most-watched sports in France are football (soccer), rugby union, cycling, tennis, handball, basketball and sailing. France is notable for holding (and winning) the football World Cup in 1998, for holding the annual cycling race Tour de France, and the tennis Grand Slam tournament Roland Garros, or the French Open.
  • There are over 300 kinds of cheese made in France.
  • France produces some of the world's most famous liqueurs, such as Grand Marnier, Cointreau, Triple Sec, Mandarine Napoleon, Cognac, Armagnac, Crème de Cassis, Pastis, Chartreuse, etc.
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    Source: www.wikipedia.org