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BITS OF CULTURE - France
 
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Official language:
French

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Cultural Values

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals

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Health Care Values

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Diet

  • The mid-Europe northern area consumes more meat and a generally heavier diet, while the southern, Mediterranean regions eat more fish, local vegetables, and a lighter diet overall.
  • The more rural or peasant diet in France consists of potatoes, some meats and "charcuterie" (sausages and cold cuts), poultry, breads and cheeses, and vegetables.
  • Meals often include a small green salad, and finish with cheese as "dessert." Breads, croissants, and pastries, are often consumed daily.
  • A typical day's eating begins with a bowl of café au lait, a croissant and a thin loaf of bread smeared with butter and jam.
  • Lunch and dinner can include a first course of fromage de tête pâté (pig's head set in jelly) or bouillabaisse (fish soup), followed by a main course of blanquette de veau (veal stew with white sauce) and rounded off with a plateau de fromage (cheese platter) or tarte aux pommes (apple tart).


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Interesting Facts
  • The traditional bridal trousseau, or hope chest, originated in France and came from the French word trousse, meaning bundle.
  • A "French kiss" in the English speaking world is known as an "English kiss" in France.
  • A vasectomy is an illegal procedure in France.
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