Fun French Facts

My first French fact is a personal favorite. The bikini was invented by two different French designers in 1946. Jacques Heim invented his suit first, calling it “l’Atome.” At about the same time, his rival, Louis Reard, created a two-piece bathing suit, the “Bikini.” Reard used skywriting over the Riviera to promote his “Bikini,” and the name stuck like glue.

There are 40,000 Chateaux ( castles, manors, palaces) in France and 300 different cheeses. Mmmm, two good reasons to visit this lovely country.

There is still a law on the books in France dictating it’s illegal to name a pig Napoleon.

At the time of the French Revolution, 75% of French citizens didn’t speak French as a mother tongue. What? I wonder what language most of them spoke?

Charles VIII had six toes on one foot and hid this fact by wearing and promoting square toe shoes.

Finally, here’s another fun French fact that’s hard to believe, but it’s true (and I have the picture to prove it!) There is a town named “Y” in France. e inhabitants of “Y” are called Ypsiloniennes (women) and Ypsiloniens (men).

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