In 1429, King Charles VII of France exempted the town of Domrémy from paying taxes “forever”, after a promise to Joan of Arc. Taxes were imposed again during the French Revolution.
Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, was accused of single-handedly ruining France’s finances. Official estimates claim court expenses alone were 7% of France’s total budget but the real figure was a lot higher. She was given the name “Madame Déficit” during the French Revolution.
King Louis the 14th of France had many bizarre rules in place at the palace of Versailles. One of these rules was that no person could knock on his door, instead they had to scratch the door with their left pinky finger. This lead to a large amount of nobles to grow out their left pinky nail.
In 1907, French waiters went on strike for the right to have mustaches. In France prior to 1907, mustaches were a symbol of class and stature, while waiters were seen as lower class and thus – not mustache-worthy.
France had its own calendar for only 12 years starting in 1792. Each week had 10 days, each day 10 hours, each hour 100 minutes, and each minute 100 seconds.
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.
Most of the French authors were against the building of the Eiffel Tower in their times. Guy de Maupassant, one of them, used to have lunch every day at its bottom because it was the only place in Paris where he couldn’t see the structure.