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Top French Facts for Your Kids

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Are you moving your young family to France?

Here are some interesting facts for France which will help kids understand more about the country. There is plenty of information for school projects and homework. Learn some fun facts for France and then take the short quiz at the end of the article

10 Best Facts About France

1. Population: 65 million people

2. Capital City: Paris

3. Size (Area): 675,000 sq km

4. Language: French

5. Dominant Religions: Christian (Roman Catholics 64%)

6. Currency: EURO

7. International Telephone Code: +33

8. Time Zone: CET

9. Driving: On the Right

10. Current President: Francois Hollande

Cool Info About France

Here are some French facts for kids about the geography of France.

France is situated in the Western half of Europe, approximately 1 hours from London by air and 6 hours from New York.

France shares borders with eight countries: Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Spain and Andorra.

The Pyrenees, a mountain range to the South of France, form a natural border between Spain and France.

The highest mountain in France is Mont Blanc, which is 4,810m high and stands at the border between France and Italy.

Mainland France is divided into 27 regions, which are further split into 101 departments.

The Mediterranean island of Corsica belongs to France too.

There are also 5 overseas regions also belonging to France: French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, La Reunion, Mayotte.

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Popular Sights and Attractions in France for Kids

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Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe (Paris)

Corsica Island

Cote d’Azur (South Coast)

Eiffel Tower (Paris)

French Alps

Louvre Museum (Paris)

Montmartre (Paris)

Mont St. Michel

Notre Dame (Paris)

Palace of Versailles (Versailles)

Provence Region

River Seine (Paris)

France: Language

French is the official language in France and it is also the second major language in Europe. Kids often learn French as their second language.

The language comes from Latin and is the second most studied language in the world (after English) and is spoken by more than 300 million people around the world as a first or second language.

Famous People in History

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Georges Bizet (Composer)

Napolean Bonaparte (Emporer)

Paul Cezanne (Painter)

Edgar Degas (Painter)

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Author)

Alexandre Dumas (Author)

Gustave Eiffel (Engineer)

Claude Monet (Painter)

Maurice Ravel (Composer)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Painter)

Aufuste Rodin (Sculptor)

French Food

Here are some french cuisine facts for kids:  French cuisine is well known for its freshness and high quality dishes. The French people enjoy their main meal in the evening and this meal often consists of three courses starting with a “hors d’oeuvre”, a starter dish which often is soup or a salad and bread, then the main course and afterwards some cheese or fruit.

The bread you will get in France in a typical French “boulangerie” (bakery) is mostly white wheat bread or bread sticks, called “baguette”.

Here are some examples of typical French food:

• Baguette: long bread stick

• Crepes: French very thin pancakes with filling

Croissant: A light buttery baked pastry

• Croque Monsieur: ham and cheese grilled sandwich

• Escargots: snails

• Foie Gras: Goose liver pate

• Pain au chocolat: croissant filled with chocolate

• Ratatouille: vegetable stew

Sports Facts in France

Sports in France play an important role in French society, and the country has a strong sporting history. Kids actively pursue sports in schools.

Football: The most popular sport in France is football.  The national team won the World Cup in 1998.

Cycling: Tour de France is a very popular cycling race in France.

Other popular sports are: Rugby Union, Basketball, Handball, Petanque, Swimming and Tennis.

Great Sporting Events in France:

Tour de France – June / July

French Open (Tennis) – May / June

24 hour Le Mans (motor racing) – June

France Flag

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French Flag
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Here are some interesting facts about the French Flag: the flag is known as the French Tricolour or simply the Tricolour. Why? The three (tri) colours – blue, white and red! It was first used as ensign : 15 February 1794, and fully adopted in July 1830.

Author Bio: Alan Turner has been living as an expatriate in Europe since 2005, in France, Germany, Switzerland and currently divides his time between Italy and the UK.  Alan manages several websites with the aim of offering support to British Expats and most recently launched www.expertsforexpats.com which offers independent financial news and advice for those now living overseas.

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And finally some fun facts about France for kids to enjoy. Test your knowledge with this short quiz about France for the kids!

 

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