Fun Facts about France and Jokes in French

 

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Here are some interesting and fun facts about France as well as some jokes in French to brighten your day!

– The French town with the shortest name is Y.
It’s in the Somme department (North of France). The inhabitants of Y are called Ypsiloniennes (women) et Ypsiloniens (men). The town is twinned with Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (Wales), the town with the longest name in the United-Kingdom (58 letters)!

 

Docteur, j’ai besoin de lunettes.
– Oui certainement, ici c’est une banque !

 

– Around 4 people a year commit suicide from the Eiffel tower.
Out of 400 people who have committed suicide since the opening of the Eiffel Tower, 2 survived.
One of them, a lady, by falling on a car. She recovered and later married the car’s owner!

 

Une dame se penche du haut de la Tour Eiffel et demande au gardien :
– Les gens se jettent-ils souvent d’en haut ?
Et le gardien répond :
– Oh ! Non, madame, une seule fois !

 

-The French love to solve every problem with a law. They do! Since September 2013, it’s illegal to organize in France a beauty pageant with contestants under 16 years old. If you do, you could be jailed for 2 years and be fined 30000 euros.

Qu’est-ce qui fait que tous les hommes sont beaux?
– L’obscurité.

– Even though the Romans picked the coq as an animal to represent France because it suited the French character (proud) and also to mock them (the Roman emblem being an eagle), the coq has since widely been adopted in France as an emblem (on coins, flags, at sporting events) and is still used now. Cocorico!

 

Pourquoi les Français ont-ils choisi le coq comme emblème ?
C’est le seul animal capable de chanter les pieds dans la …..


– The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the USA in 1886. It was built by French sculptor Andre Bartoldi in France and travelled to the USA in 350 parts before being rebuilt there.

 

La statue de la liberté est en quoi ?
Réponse: Elle étend son bras.


– The French drink more wine than anybody else (52 litres per person per year). But their consumption of wine is on the decline. Interestingly, they now consume more Coca-Cola than wine (French people consume 63 litres of Coca-Cola per person per year). And their consumption of Coca-Cola is predicted to increase in line with other European countries.

 

Toto met des pièces dans un distributeur de boissons pour avoir des bouteilles de Coca-Cola.
Il y a une queue derrière lui et on lui demande s’il a bientôt terminé.
Il répond : « Tant que je gagne, je joue ! »

 

– The largest French speaking city in the world is …Kinshasa (Congo) with 10 000 000 inhabitants, followed by Abidjan (Ivory Coast) with 3 800 000 inhabitants, Dakar (Senegal) with 3 000 000 inhabitant and then Paris (2 200 000) in 4th place.

 

3 mères discutent de leur fils respectifs…
La première:
– Moi mon fils, il et tellement riche qu’il pourrait acheter Paris!
La seconde, un peu vexée:
– Moi mon fils, il a tellement d’argent qu’il pourrait s’offrir Paris ET New-York!
Alors la troisième termine:
– Et qu’est-ce-qui vous fait croire que mon fils a envie de vendre?

 

– The sun never sets on France! Thanks to its Overseas Regions and Collectivities located all over the world, France now has the most time zones (12) and the second largest territorial waters in the world after the USA. French Overseas Regions are la Nouvelle-Calédonie, la Polynésie française, les Terres australes et antarctiques françaises, les îles Wallis-et-Futuna, Mayotte, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Martinique, Reunion, Satin-Martin, Saint-Barthelemy, Guadeloupe, Guyane Francaise.

 

La maman de toto s’exclame : Il fait 32 ° à l’ombre !
Alors Toto dit : Oh là, là , vite allons au soleil !

 

– The French invented the metric system during the French revolution (for all people for all time). It specified what a meter, a gram, a litre were. Before the metric system, every country had its own system of measurement. The metric system is now used in most countries.

 

La maitresse interroge Toto sur les mesures (kg,cm;litres…):
-Toto, qu’ y a-t-il au dessus du décilitre?
-Euh,…le litre!
-Bien! Et au-dessus du litre?
Euh, … … le bouchon?

 

– If Napoleon had not sold French Louisiana to the United States in 1803, the states of Louisiania, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kensas, Missouri, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota would be completely or mostly French today!!!

 

le professeur : Quelqu’un peut me dire quel est ce pays sur la carte (Amérique)?
C’est un grand pays; les villes les plus connues sont New York,
Washington, los angeles, Chicago.
Alors, personne? Personne ne connait ce pays? Personne? vraiment? BON…
Anne?
Anne : C’est l’Amérique monsieur.
le professeur: Bien, Anne, comme d’habitude .
Une question facile pour finir…
Qui a découvert l’Amérique???
Tous les élèves de la class lèvent le doigt en criant:
C’EST ANNE, MONSIEUR !

 

– France is the country the most visited in the world with 76.8 million visitors followed by the USA with 59.7 millions (in 2010).

 

Comment appelle t’on un homme cultivé en France ?
Un touriste.


– France is the world’s largest net exporter of electricity (75% of which is derived from nuclear energy).


Combien de mécaniciens ça prend pour changer une ampoule électrique?

– Un seulement. Mais il ne pourra pas le faire avant jeudi prochain.

 

– The French consume most anti-depressants than any other country.


Un dépressif achète des chaussures trop petites pour lui.
Il marche douloureusement dans la rue.
Quelqu’un lui demande pourquoi il souffre ainsi.
Il explique qu’il a perdu sa mère, son boulot, sa femme, ses enfants
et qu’il n’a plus maintenant qu’un seul plaisir dans la vie:
retirer ses chaussures le soir!

 

– The most common dog’s name in France is Snoopy. It comes from the American comic strip Peanuts which is much loved in France. Interestingly, Snoopy is not a common dog’s name in the USA (not even in the top 100).

C’est un gars qui rentre dans un magasin d’alimentation sur la
porte duquel est apposé un grand écriteau “ATTENTION AU CHIEN !”

Mais à l’intérieur, il n’y a qu’une pauvre petit York
qui dort à poings fermés toute la journée.

Un des clients demande à l’épicier :
– Mais pourquoi ce panneau ?
Ton chien n’a rien d’un chien méchant ?

– C’est parce qu’avant que je ne pose l’écriteau,
tout le monde marchait dessus

– Les poulets means chickens and is also slang for policemen (because in 1871, the Paris police HQ transferred to the site of a former Chicken market and the name stuck).

 

Pourquoi le poulet a-t’il traversé la rue ?
Parce qu’il voulait aller de l’autre côté !

I’m sure you knew this joke but do you know what Socrates, Bush,
Clinton, Einstein and many others would have replied to the very same question (in French)?
For a good laugh, check it out here.

 – Sinatra’s legendary “My Way”, one of the most played song in the world, is an adaptation of a French song “Comme d’habitude” (As usual) written by Claude François, a 60s and 70s French idol who ironically spent most of his career adapting English hits for the French market. The French lyrics are completely different to the English ones. They tell the story of a man going through a break-up. Here’s a sing-along version. Enjoy! 🙂


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