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  1. The shortest reign of the king in the world was in France. Louis XIX ascended the throne in 1830, but after 20 minutes changed his mind and gave the throne to his nephew Henri Duc de Bordeaux.
  2. The famous camouflage color, which is now used in the military uniform of many countries, was invented in France in 1915 during the First World War. The word camouflage in translation from French means "makeup for the stage."
  3. The tradition of putting on a white dress for a wedding appeared in France in 1499, when the Duchess of Brittany and Queen of France Anne de Bretagne married Louis XII.
  4. For more than 200 years it was forbidden for Parisian women to wear trousers. This ban became a law after French Revolution and was cancelled only in 2012.
  5. One of the most significant sights of France - its cuisine. This fact has been officially recognized by UNESCO. Therefore, since 2010, French cuisine has been considered as a World Intangible Heritage.
  6. The terms "right" or "left" to describe political parties began to be used in France during the revolution. The names went because of the seating of parties in the National Assembly. More radical reformists sat on the left side, while conservatives sat on the right side.
  7. Due to its moderate climate and a large number of agricultural land, France is a Europe's leader in agriculture. There are about 700,000 farms in the country.
  • 67 million people live in France. This is the third most populated country in Europe after Russia and Germany;
  • French is the only official language in the country, it is spoken by 88% of the population. French language is the fifth most spoken language in the world. More than 275 million people in 36 countries use it in daily life.
  • The largest French cities are Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse and Nice;
  • Paris is the capital and the largest city in the country. 2.5 million people live here. About the same number of inhabitants live in Novosibirsk in Russia or in Chicago in the USA.
  • The second most important city in the country is Marseille. Marseille is the largest port not only in France but in the entire Mediterranean.