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- Half the world’s roundabouts are in France
- Champagne glasses were modelled on Marie Antoinette’s breast.
- Women in Paris are forbidden to wear trousers unless riding a bicycle or a horse. This law dates from the 1800s and it is still, technically, in force. However, in 2013 the French Minister for the Rights of Women stated that it has implicitly been overruled by subsequent legislation putting women on an equal footing with men.
- More than 75 % of the English slang phrases contain the word “French” and the meaning is connected with sex – French letter (condom), French maid, French pox or French disease (syphilis), French kissing, and the gay term Frenching (fellatio). Many of these phrases are also reversed as a French slang term for condom is capote anglaise (“En glish hood”), and syphilis is la maladie anglaise.
- Marrying the dead in France – it is possible with the permission of the president. Posthumous marriage originated in the 1950s, when the fiancée of a man killed after a dam burst in Fréjus applied to president Charles de Gaulle to carry through the couple’s marriage plans and was granted permission.
- A woman married the Eiffel Tower in 2008 and she changed her name to Erika La Tour Eiffel in honor of her “partner”. Erika had a history of “object fetishism” and admitted to a past crush on the Berlin Wall. There are believed to be about forty “objectum-sexual” people in the world, mostly women.
- Male impotence was considered a crime during the latest 16th and 17th centuries, as well as legal grounds for divorce. Men accused of impotence were required to demonstrate evidence to the contrary by ejaculating in front of an “expert panel” of clergymen and physicians.
- The broom car is heavily decorated and carrying a trail of pans or tins in order to make noise and all guests to find their way to the party.
- Sugar-coated almonds offered to the guest as a keepsake are a symbol of long-lasting love.
- The croquembouche is the conventional wedding cake in France and it is a pyramid of choux buns filled with custard and held together with toffee. Nowadays the macaron version is becoming popular and a prettier alternative with more choices of colour and flavour.
- The Champagne striking pyramid is the highlight of the wedding when the champagne is poured into the top glass and from there fills all the glasses below.