When the country of France is mentioned, one cannot help but think of the sexy accent, delicious, rich food, and an abundance of wine. Nonetheless, there is so much more to this European country than baguettes and berets. This country, also referred to as a republic, is filled with scientists, artists, and thinkers that have transcended its borders.

It does not, however, mean a country as old as France is not full of interesting and unusual facts. And yes, some are quite funny. There is something about the French that is very, “je ne sais quoi,” or hard to define. We will attempt either way.

#35. French shepherds invented stilts. They used them to walk through wet marshes.


#34. The French love manners. A coffee shop in the country charges more to people who do not say “please” and “thank you.”


#33. The town of Condom served as a protected route to pilgrims traveling to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The town also boasted a museum of contraceptives but it was closed in 2005.


#32. Gustave Eiffel built the Eiffel Tower in 1889 for a fair. It was meant to be a temporary structure but it was so popular that it was kept.


#31. French people love their carbs. Ten billion baguettes are made every year. The delicious bread only has three ingredients: flour, yeast, and salt. By law it must weigh 250 grams.


#30. People that love taking selfies should know who Philippe Kahn is the French inventor, who developed the first camera phone in 1997.


#29. France is the most popular tourist destination in the world. It receives 82 million visitors every year.