10 surprising things you didn't know about France!

The Most Visited Country

France is the most visited country in the world, attracting millions of people each year because of its rich culture, history, art, and gastronomy.

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Revolutionary Calendar

During the French Revolution, a new calendar with 10-day weeks and 12 months named by natural and seasonal aspects was implemented. From 1793 to 1805, it was in use.

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Baguette Protection

In 2018, the traditional French baguette was added to UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, acknowledging its cultural value.

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Legalized Marriage

In 2013, France became the first country in the world to make same-sex marriage legal.

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The Statue of Liberty's Twin

The smaller version of the Statue of Liberty in New York was given to the United States by France, and it stands on an island in the Seine River in Paris.

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Tallest Mountain in Europe

The tallest summit in the Alps, Mont Blanc, is located in France. It has a height of 15,781 feet (4,810 meters).

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Largest Vineyard Area

France has the world's largest vineyard acreage, producing world-famous wines such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne.

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Cheese Variety

France has around 1,200 cheese varieties, ranging from mild Brie to robust Roquefort. It's a cheese lover's delight!

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The Iron Lady

The Eiffel Tower in Paris was built as a temporary building for the 1889 World's Fair. However, it became an iconic symbol of France and is still one of the world's most visited landmarks.

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Most Time Zones

France has the most time zones of any country in the world, with 12 separate time zones, including overseas territories.

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These startling facts highlight France's unique cultural, historical, and ecological offerings, which make it a fascinating and popular tourist destination around the world.