There are some 40,000 châteaux (castles, manors, palaces...) in France.
Famous French inventions include the adding machine, the hot air balloon, the airship, the parachute, the submarine, the ambulance service, photography, animation and cinema.
France is the country that has won the most Nobel prizes for literature.
French people are the second biggest consumers of alcohol per capita in the Western world, after Luxembourg.
A 2007 study revealed that the French were the biggest consumers of medicines in Europe, both in quantity and total money spent per person.
There are over 300 kinds of cheese made in France.
There are 28 categories of sites in France listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, including 3 Roman sites (Arles, Orange and Le Gard), 4 cathedrals (Amiens, Bourges, Chartres, Reims), 4 abbeys (Fontenay, Reims, Saint-Savin sur Gartempe and Vezelay), 8 historic city/town centres (Paris, Strasbourg, Lyon, Avignon, Le Havre, Mont-Saint-Michel, Provins and Carcassone) as well as numerous belfries, castles and palaces.
More tourists visit France each year than any other country in the world, with 67 million annual tourist arrivals (more than the country's population).
The spectacle "Ionesco" has been playing at the Théâtre de La Huchette since 1957, with over 15,000 performances - a world record.
There are about 2 new cooking books published every day in France.
Pop singer Claude François (1939-1978) is still as popular as ever in France 30 years after his accidental death. Two of his songs have remained constantly in the top 10 of music played in night club for the last 20 years. A real cult has developed around him. In many ways, Claude François can be regarded as the French equivalent of Elvis Presley.
About one fourth of French people nowadays choose to be cremated when they die, instead of the traditional Catholic burial.
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