Tell me what you (think you) know about France

And I'll be happy to tell you if you're wrong 😁
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    You guys have had a lot of revolutions and chopped a lot of heads 😬
    (I already know this is an extreme generalization, I just wanted to participate haha)
    Suggested by Β  @veshecco
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    @veshecco πŸ‘ We had a big revolution and maybe some others less big and we did chop tons of heads yeah (we also drowned a lot if you must know)
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    Provence grows tons of lavender!
    Suggested by Β  @sky
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    @sky πŸ‘ true! But the rest of the south of France have a lot of lavender too
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    THE CRÊPES ON THE STREET ARE HEAVEN IN MY MOUTH
    Suggested by Β  @sarahsolene
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    @sarahsolene πŸ‘ as a "bretonne" I cannot argue with that. Crepes are the bomb, but also "galette" the salted crepes made with buckwheat flour. The best crepes are in Brittany, but you can also find bad crepes sometimes Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―
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    The French are known to go without bathing for a long period of time.
    I think I may have read this somewhere in a Ripley's Believe It or Not book, but I don't exactly remember. πŸ˜…
    Suggested by Β  @BrentMWiggins
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    @BrentMWiggins πŸ‘Ž the most false and spread rumor about the French people! I never knew how false it was (I was thinking maybe the rest of the world is cleaner?!) until I started hanging out with American people and realized most of them didn't take a shower or a bath every day, all the time, which the majority of French people do.
    And by doing the census I can tell I encountered very few smelly people (maybe 2 out of 230)
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    Are the French rude?
    Thank Robin Williams for this one. But since I discovered that Argentinians aren't arrogant, I don't pre believe this kind of things.
    Suggested by Β  @Jaycer17
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    @Jaycer17 πŸ‘πŸ‘Ž I'm not totally sure... We're not super nice like Canadians or super rude like New Yorkers. I'd say we are mostly grumpy and we like to complain. But some are nice and some rude!
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    Actually curious about this one - Americans think everyone in France smokes. Still true in 2017?
    Suggested by Β  @Equivokate
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    @Equivokate πŸ‘πŸ‘Ž it used to be a lot more. There was never a time when everyone smoked of course. Maybe at most half the adult population, I don't know... But anyway the last ten years, a lot if people stopped (including me). I was actually very shocked when I went to Berlin and it felt like 1990 in France, everyone smoking and drinking!
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    I have heard that Paris is actually overrated and that other parts of France are more worth seeing. How true is this?
    Suggested by Β  @sarahsmith4
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    @sarahsmith4 πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ haha, my friends here already know I don't particularly love Paris, to stay polite... So the answer is yes! Of course Paris is interesting culturally and there's a lot of beautiful monuments. BUT In terms of beauty, smell, noise, cost and general niceness of the city, the other cities are better (Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes)
    And I recommend the country sides : the French country and the ocean side is beautiful and diverse
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    French artists and writers have had an enormous impact on global culture which is often overlooked.
    Suggested by Β  @Diplomatic_diva
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    @Diplomatic_diva πŸ‘ sure! Thanks for noticing!
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    I've always heard there is a lot of bureaucracy and red tape around getting things like your water or electric turned on or your license renewed. Like, a ridiculous amount, not just the normal amount you'd expect.
    And that you have tiny refrigerators not the giant ones we have.
    Suggested by Β  @jennifergster
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    @jennifergster πŸ‘ and πŸ‘ bureaucracy is hell on earth in France. The fridge thing is true too, but I wouldn't say tiny
    Here's an example
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    If you want to eat snails and frogs legs... go to France?
    Suggested by Β  @andersun
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    @andersun πŸ‘ Yes but I have never eaten either and I'm not alone. But you can find them in fancy restaurants everywhere.
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    Do you automatically get cubed or crushed ice in your restaurant drinks, or do you have to ask?
    (Water, soda, etc)
    Suggested by Β  @andersun
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    @andersun depends, but usually they put ice cubes and you should ask if you don't want them.
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    The public employees are "always" on strike.
    (Train, bus, trash collectors, etc)
    Suggested by Β  @andersun
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    @andersun πŸ‘πŸ˜‚ not always but... So often! Actually the people the more often on strike are the teachers. There are day long strikes organized by union like 10-15 times a year.
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    France loves its bike racing.
    Suggested by Β  @andersun
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    @andersun πŸ‘ πŸ‡«πŸ‡·β€οΈπŸš΄πŸš΅ TOUR DE FRANCE is so big! On national tv everyday for god knows how long...
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    I noticed while in Paris, that it's not customary to greet people you pass on the sidewalk..sone may misconstrue that as rude, but it seems it's just their way..? Most kept their head down as we passed, which is unusual to an American. We're prone to make eye contact and say Hello! or Good Morning!
    Suggested by Β  @cvlop61
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    @cvlop61 πŸ‘ In any big city it is indeed very weird to greet someone. I love when people do it genuinely but most people would be startled.
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    Our visit to Paris last Fall was πŸ™ŒπŸ» but tbh, as gorgeous as this looks, the Seine is pretty dirty! We loved it, nonetheless, but look forward to the French countryside someday!
    Also, we were polite and tried to abide by your customs (hello/goodbye, please/thank you!) which EVERYONE should always do anyway, and we didn't encounter rudeness.
    Suggested by Β  @cvlop61
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    @cvlop61 πŸ‘ The seine, like a lot if big rivers looks dirty. It probably is in Paris. But to be fair a river can look dirty because of its movements and not be so much dirty sometimes. But only bathe in rivers like in the mountains when you know it's not too polluted!!
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    I've heard it's not unusual to have someone push ahead of you in line..? You have to stake out your space!!
    Suggested by Β  @cvlop61
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    @cvlop61 πŸ‘πŸ‘Ž it happens but not very often, but yes you should keep your place and not wander...
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    French people don't like when tourists speak French poorly, but also don't like putting signs or descriptions in languages other than French
    But all of the French people I know are very friendly/tolerated my parents' attempts to speak the language.
    Suggested by Β  @ellenh
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    @ellenh πŸ‘Ž French people love tourists and people with accents and are very nice to them πŸ‘ except in Paris and maybe some other places like very little villages, or the very south east part, anywhere you find rude people to sum it up Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―
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    Beautiful countryside, cities, towns and fishing villages. Great food. Short on ice and shower curtains. I speak rudimentary French, apart from greetings and pleasantries or ordering a meal, though language barrier never a problem. Caring enough to make an effort and a pleasant attitude proves invaluable in France and anywhere else I've traveled.
    Suggested by Β  @MMeanswell
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    @MMeanswell Thanks! I'm glad you have such a positive view of France!
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    This gif epitomizes my feelings about France, before I ever went, during and even now. "C'est Magnifique πŸ‡«πŸ‡·
    Only having been to Paris, I don't know what the rest of the country is like but I have no doubt it's as wonderful as I imagine. It met all my expectations and then some. Tears upon seeing the La Tour Eiffel and Wings of Victory at the Louvre πŸ˜…Viva la France!!
    Suggested by Β  @angela3950
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    I've heard that the French don't like Americans and that if you speak Spanish you get treated better
    What I've heard from a couple of people. Maybe just in Paris?
    Suggested by Β  @noemimacias
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    @noemimacias πŸ‘πŸ‘Ž I don't think that's true everywhere but I can see how some people don't like Americans (they see them like the cliche self absorbed mc donalds stupid American) and Spanish people don't carry such cliches so maybe they like them better. But I personally never noticed it.
    I can say in general people (and me) tend to prefer someone who at least made the effort to learn how to say hello in French and to explain that they don't speak French or ask if we speak English. And sadly English speaking people will more easily immediately speak their own language than other foreigners.
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    This is my little piece of France
    Marseillan
    Suggested by Β  @MMeanswell