France owns a small island off the coast of Newfoundland that is entirely comprised of rock (St. Pierre). The streets are carved into the rock, and instead of cemeteries, inhabitants carved tombs into the island which are there to this day.
There is a grocery store named “Thanksgiving” in Paris that sells U.S. “cuisine” like Pop-Tarts, Heinz ketchup, and Skippy peanut butter to homesick ex-pats.
In 1997, a group of enthusiasts began building a castle in France, using only materials, tools and techniques available in the 13th century (800 years ago). The project is scheduled to be completed sometime in the 2020’s.
French preschools serve four-course lunches (including a cheese course) to educate them in taste and stimulate their senses.
It’s illegal in France for grocery stores to throw or destroy unsold food. Instead, supermarkets have to donate it to charities and food banks.
In order to popularize potatoes in France, Antoine-Augustin Parmentier placed armed guards around his potato fields, instructing the guards to accept all bribes and allow people to “steal” the crop.
France banned mentions of Twitter and Facebook on TV and radio, as in “Follow us on Twitter” or “Like us on Facebook” because they were deemed as promotion and unfair to other sites.
France banned an ad depicting Jesus as a female because of its “intrusion on people’s innermost beliefs”.
The President of France in 1920 was completely mad. He greeted the British ambassador wearing nothing but his official decorations and once walked out of a state meeting and jumped in a lake fully clothed.