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  • In Paris you are never more that 400 meters from a subway station.
  • The Marseillaise, the French national anthem, was first sung in Strasbourg, not Marseille.
  • The novel La Disparition (Disappeared) by Georges Perec, in its original French does not use the letter 'e'.
  • In French two weeks is in fact 15 days, quinze jours.
  • Lefevre is the most popular last name in France.
  • There are 27 wine regions in France.
  • Comté cheese is best eaten 30 months after it is made.
  • Alsacien type homes are not considered immobilier, the French term for real estate that also means non-moveable, but in fact mobilier, French for moveable, because they are demountable and thus can be moved. Alsacien type homes were built this way so that homes could be part of dowries.
  • The French invented perfume to cover their bad smell!
  • Brooke Shields majored in French.
  • Frogs' legs are a delicacy much appreciated by French gourmets.
  • Billiards evolved from a lawn game similar to croquet played sometime during the 15th century in Northern Europe (probably in France).
  • There is a law that tells French citizens how they can name their children.
  • The French tooth fairy is actually a “souris” (mouse).

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