France, is a Western European country, sharing borders with Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Italy and Spain. France is known for its Alpine Villages, breathtaking Mediterranean beaches, Medieval cities, scrumptious food, expensive wines and top of the range fashion. Paris, which is famous for the most visited monument in the world, the Eiffel Tower, is the capital of France.
French cuisine is known for always being fresh and high-class. A basic meal in France will comprise of vegetables, meat and cheese. Other famous French foods include, Baguette (long bread stick), Crepes (thin pancakes with filling) and Ratatouille (vegetable stew). The country side of France is known for its abundance of vineyards, producing some of the most expensive wines in the world. A fun fact, is that France produces almost 1 billion tons of cheese, each year.
The Louvre Museum was the world’s most visited museum in 2014, attracting 9.3 million visitors, which is almost the equivalent of the entire population of Switzerland. France has various historic and architectural attractions which bring millions of tourists to the country every year.
France, along with Germany and Italy, are the biggest players within the textile industry. Paris is not only the capital city of France, but also the fashion capital of the world. Various world-renowned designers were born and bread in France. Designers, such as Coco Chanel, whom popularised the infamous 'Little Black Dress', along with designers, Jacques Heim and Louis Reard, who invented the bikini in 1946, and countless others, were famous French designers.
Parisians are simple when it comes to fashion and their choice of personal style. French style has been romanticised by pop-culture, which results in us over-thinking it and packing a beret and black and white striped tee when we visit France, when on the contrary, the French gravitate toward simple and chic. Neutral colours and classic pieces are all you need to look chic on the streets of Paris. The French tend to steer away from fast fashion, such as the pieces available in every retail outlet, instead they treasure the classics. Well-presented, no sloppy sneakers and yoga pants when you’re out on the town, as the French value self-respect and effort in one’s appearance.
France is the most talked about country in the world right now, due to their 4-2 win against Croatia in the Finals of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, this past Sunday, the 15th of July. France’s first ever win in the World Cup, was in 1998, on their home soil. In 2006 they finished second, losing to Italy in the final. Other than soccer, the most sought after sport in France, is cycling, due to the popularity of the Tour de France, which first began on the 1st of July in 1903, becoming the world’s most famous race.
France is a beautiful country with so much to offer and we congratulate France on their World Cup win!