France's second-most popular sandwich is just ham, slices of butter and a baguette. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
When Japan's first railway was introduced, the USA, France, and the UK bid to build the system, with the UK winning. The railways they set up were left-side running, and that was later adopted by Japanese cars. Today, Japan is one of the only non-Commonwealth countries with left-side driving tofugu.com/japan/japan-dr…
Basque (a language spoken near the Spain/France border) is a language isolate; not only is it NOT a Romance language, it's not even an Indo-European language. It is the only surviving Pre-Indo-European language in Western Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
In 882 Louis III of France mounted his horse in pursuit of a girl who was running to seek refuge in her father's house. He then rode through a low door, hit his head on the lintel and fractured his skull. He died childless. He is one of two French kings to die from hitting a door lintel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
In 1865, Charles Dickens was traveling home from France when his train derailed while crossing a bridge, and his car was left dangling from the tracks. He helped save stranded passengers and then climbed back into the dangling car to find a manuscript he was supposed to send to his publishers. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
When France increased the price of cigarettes by 66% over an eight-year period, the smoking rate among French executives and professionals declined. However, the smoking rate among manual laborers remained about the same and among the unemployed, it increased. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
France had a referendum on the direct election of the President in 1962. It was approved by 62.3% of voters and abolished the electoral college in favor of direct suffrage. As a result, Charles de Gaulle remains the only French president elected by an electoral college. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
The youngest French resistance hero was a little boy who acted as a courier for resistance fighters, slipping past enemy patrols and carrying messages. In 1950, he was posthumously awarded the rank of sergeant of the resistance. He was Marcel Pinte, and he died for France at the age of 6. theguardian.com/world/202…
Today I learned of a French soldier who was taken as a POW and fed only potatoes during his captivity, and survived. Feeling like he should have died, he made it his life’s mission to convince the world of the nutritional value of potatoes, and his tomb in France is decorated with potatoes as a tribute. atlasobscura.com/places/g…
Today I learned of John II of France, who was captured by the English, in the Hundred Years War, and held hostage in London. An exchange of hostages occurred, with his son, Louis, taking his place. When John II was informed that Louis had escaped from captivity, he voluntarily returned to England as a hostage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
As gifts for the US Bicentennial in 1976, France showed famous works in US Museums, Britain gifted a golden, jewel-encrusted replica of the Magna Carta, Norway built a Sports Center, Japan built a huge theatre and donated 50 Bonsai Trees. Spain gave two statues. Canada gave them a scrapbook. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In 1991, 60 Minutes suggested red wine was the answer to the "French Paradox" (France enjoys a low incidence of heart disease despite a diet high in saturated fats). Within a year, American consumption of wine increased 40% and some wine sellers began promoting their products as "health food". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Giovanni Cassini measured the size of France accurately for the first time during the reign of King Louis XIV. The true size turned out to be much smaller than Louis had expected, and Louis quipped that Cassini had taken more of his kingdom from him than he had won in all his wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gio…
After the final Beatles tour of the USA in 1966, Paul McCartney disguised himself with a false moustache and drove around France to see what not being famous was like. beatlesbible.com/1966/11/…
Today I learned of Sir David Brailsford, a British cycling coach who theorizes if you make a 1% improvement in a host of tiny areas, the cumulative benefits will be extraordinary. Utilizing this theory of "marginal gains"; his teams have won 18 gold medals, six Tour de France titles, and 59 World Championships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
French Guiana is legally part of France, and not a separate country, in a similar way to Hawaii being legally part of the USA. Technically all maps of France should probably have a window with French Guiana in the corner, the way Hawaii usually appears on maps of the USA. independent.co.uk/travel/…
In 1940, on the way to their invasion or Ardennes, France, the massive German army got into a major traffic jam. French reconnaissance pilots spotted it and reported it to French High Command who promptly said "that can't be true" and ignored it. An aerial attack could have ended the war historyhit.com/how-a-coup…
About France's almost revolution in may of 68, where 1/3rd of the workforce, and 22% of the total population protested preventing the government from working, and leading the president DeGaulle to flee without anyone in the knowing his location, only ending with an armed occupation of Paris en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
Today I learned about St. Pierre and Miquelon, a territorial collectivity of France only 16 miles from Canada where the locals speak French, use the Euro and have French citizenship. acadian.org/history/histo…
Catharism was a Christian dualist or Gnostic movement between the 12th and 14th centuries which thrived in Southern Europe, particularly in northern Italy and southern France, and Catharism underwent persecution by the Medieval Inquisition, which succeeded in eradicating it by 1350. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Today I learned of fake psychic Eva CarriΓ¨re, who together with lover Juliette would entertain mainly male audiences in 1900s France. During seance she would run around naked and engage sexually with the audience, while Bisson would strip and demand gynecological examination to prove no 'ectoplasm' concealment en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
France has a collection of algerian skulls taken during the time france invaded algeria. They are kept in a locked vault for "research purposes" youtu.be/doAYi3e1zUc
Peter the Great's godson, Abraham Petrovich Gannibal, was an African born, freed slave who was a military and civil engineering genius, who not only fought successfully for the Russian Empire but also for the Kingdom of France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abr…
During the middle ages in France, a nun started to uncontrollably meow and the behaviour quickly started spreading to the rest of the convent weirding out the surrounding commiunities until they were threathened to be whipped en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of Maximilian I of Mexico, an Austrian archduke and the only Emperor of the Second Mexican Empire. Installed by France as a pro-French monarch, he reigned from 1864-1867, after which he was executed by the Mexican Republic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Anne of Austria was engaged to King Louis XIII of France at age 11. Her father even paid a dowry of 500,000 crowns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Theodore Roosevelt's youngest son Quentin Roosevelt I was a pilot in World War I and was killed in France during combat. He is the only child of a US President to die in combat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Frances Burney, a satirical novelist and diarist born in 1752, underwent a mastectomy entirely without anesthesia in 1811. The account she sent to her sister remains one of the most compelling patient record in history as surgery was still in its infancy. bl.uk/collection-items/le…
Today I learned about Marie Antoinette handover ceremony on the island in middle of river Rhine, she was stripped of her Austrian clothes, dressed in French attire and handed over to French. Her marriage was intended to solidify new alliance between France and Austria, two centuries old enemies latimes.com/archives/la-x…
King Richard the Lionheart (of Robin Hood fame) was a Norman who spoke French, ruled from France, and spent only 6 months of his 10 year reign in England. youtube.com/watch?v=KUbTM…
The Appalachian Mountains span three countriesβ€”the United States, Canada, and France en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
From 1628 to 1854, New France and later QuΓ©bec had feudalism, and the last feudal rents were finally extinguished on 1970 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sei…
The British shelled the French Navy on purpose in WWII. The Attack on Mers-el-KΓ©bir on 3 July 1940 was part of a British plan to destroy French ships to prevent them falling into German hands after the Battle of France. The British killed 1,297 French servicemen and sank 6 French ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
The Bourbons almost regained power in France in 1871. The monarchists won a majority in parliament and offered the throne to Henry V. He wished to replace the republican tricolour, which was deemed impossible. A "temporary" republican government was therefore established. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
One of the German Generals who occupied France during WWII refused to destroy Paris, and then attempted to overthrow Hitler. He was later promoted to Supreme Commander of NATO forces in Central Europe, and given a French Palace as his headquarters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Although the Red Baron was their enemy the British respect for him was such that upon his death he was buried with full military honours by No.3 Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps who had recovered his body in Northern France. youtu.be/GUk1129fUf4
France tested nuclear weapons in Algeria during it's war with Algeria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
In 2005, France passed a law that required teachers to speak about the positive role of French Colonial Empire. It was repealed a year later through the intervention of the Constitutional Council. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Angered by the persecution of Jews, Noor Inayat Khan, born to Indian Muslims & a descendent of Tipu Sultan spied for the British in occupied France. After leaking crucial information, she was betrayed & eventually caught on Sept 13, 1944 and executed at Dachau Camp near Munich. She was 30. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noo…
Today I learned of The Suez Crisis, an invasion of Egypt in 1956 by Israel, the United Kingdom, and France with aims to regain control of the Suez Canal for the Western powers after Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue…
After learning of Napoleon escape from Elba Four Great Powers declared Napoleon an outlaw and declared war not on France but to Napoleon personally en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
During an episode of the Breton War of Succession in 1351, England and France sent 30 of their best knights, champions and squires to fight for the Duchy of Brittany. The event is celebrated as a noble display of the ideals of chivalry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
400 copies of Metallica's "Ride The Lightning" album were accidentally printed in green instead of blue in France. These rare misprints are now considered collectors items. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rid…
In 1967, Paul McCartney forgot his passport when travelling to France to shoot a music video. He told the agents, β€˜You know who I am so why do you need to see a photograph of me in a passport?’ And was let through. beatlesbible.com/1967/10/…
The Tour de France is not a continuous course, rather segments which are often disconnected. Also, the course changes every year and sometimes goes through other countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/202…
Chuck Yeager enlisted as private, was an aircraft mechanic before becoming a pilot, got shot down over France but escaped, had 11.5 aerial victories, broke the sound barrier and multiple speed records as a test pilot, and retired from the US Air Force after 34 years as a brigadier general. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
There was a caste in medieval France and Spain who had to use separate entrances to churches and were fed communion at the end of the spoon because they were thought to be contagious. We're still unsure why they were persecuted, because they were not ethnic, religious, or linguistic minorities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cag…
Sweatpants were invented in 1920 by a company called Le Coq Sportif in Entzheim, France. trunkclub.com/mens-style/…
In 1813 after disastrous Russian campaign Allies offered peace to Napoleon but under condition that France would be reduced to pre-revolution borders, Napoleon refused and in the end lost everything en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
:The Little Red School Book published in 1969 caused moral outrage around the world with statements such as ""Some girls, and a very few boys, don't masturbate. This is quite normal. It is also normal to do it." It was banned in France, Italy & Queensland Australia, and censored in the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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