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Saint-Malo during the Middle Ages was a fortified island at the mouth of the Rance River, controlling not only the estuary but the open sea beyond. The promontory fort of Aleth, south of the modern centre in what is now the Saint-Servan district, commanded approaches to the Rance even before the Romans, but modern Saint-Malo traces its origins to a monastic settlement founded by Saint Aaron and Saint Brendan early in the 6th century. Its name is derived from a man said to have been a follower of Brendan, Saint Malo.
Saint-Malo had a tradition of asserting its autonomy in dealings with the French authorities and even with the local Breton authorities. From 1490to 1493, Saint-Malo declared itself to be an independent republic, taking the motto "not French, not Breton, but Malouins".
Saint-Malo became notorious as the home of the corsairs, French privateers and sometimes pirates. (In the nineteenth century the city's "piratical" notoriety was portrayed in Jean Richepin's play Le flibustier and in Cesar Cui's like-named opera derived therefrom.) The corsairs of Saint-Malo not only forced English ships passing up the Channel to pay tribute, but also brought wealth from further afield. Jacques Cartier, who sailed the Saint Lawrence River and visited the sites of Quebec City and Montreal - and is thus credited as the discoverer of Canada, lived in and sailed from Saint-Malo, as did the first colonists to settle the Falklands - hence the islands' French name Iles Malouines, which gave rise to the Spanish name Islas Malvinas.
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There is no doubt that France is a popular country. Foreigners intrigued by weird cuisine, a lispy, yet romantic language, and well-known touristic sites, attract millions of visitors every year. The culture, history and high standards of living, enable French citizens to treat their guests, with hospitality and courtesy. Any first time visit to France can be a little daunting, especially if you are not well travelled, so we have collected this list of fun facts to get you in the mood.
Fun Facts about French Food, Travel, Culture and History
Food and Drink
• French people place great importance on food. If you are
travelling there for a business meeting, do not be surprised for lunch
to last two or more hours. A traditional saying before starting a meal
is to wish other guests, an enjoyable meal. Do this by saying Bon
• Traditional cuisine that often seems strange to foreign visitors includes frogs legs, snails and horse meat. It is estimated that yearly, over 500,000,000 snails are consumed.
• The French are the largest cheese consumers in the world. Wine and cheese lovers will certainly enjoy tasting the variety on offer. Did you know there are more than 350 different types of cheeses? Popular ones to sample include Brie, Beaufort, and Camembert.
• The British dish of quiche, actually originated from France.
• Try le foie gras, which is the liver of a fat goose or duck. It is a regional delicacy.
• Paris lists more than 5000 restaurants serving food from all around the world.
• Truffles are a favourite food for the French and are often cited for their aphrodisiac qualities.
• American author Julia Child is widely credited for introducing French cuisine to America
• French liquors to try include Cointreau, Cognac, Armagnac, and Pastis.
Culture and Traditions
• French people call the English “les rosbifs”, which refers to the traditional Sunday lunch of roast beef
• The Capital is Paris and the currency is euros
• The total population is 65 million people of which a majority are Christian
• Claude Monet was a famous painter who is now honoured for his work
• The three musketeers, is one of the most popular books ever sold
• The Tour De France started in 1903
• French people greet each other by kissing on the cheeks
• The Celtic Gauls ruled from approximately 700 to 500 BC
• The Romans ruled from 50 BC to 476AD
• The French revolution happened in 1789
• The same engineer, who designed the statue of liberty, built the Eiffel tower in Paris
• From 1804 to 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte ruled the country
• It was only in 1964, that women were legally allowed to open a bank account without their husband’s permission
• The French have invented many ground-breaking techniques and objects including cinema, photography and the hot air balloon
• Everyone heads to the French Alps for good skiing opportunities
• France has 24 rivers that are more than 300 kilometres long
• Be careful if you head to Brittany or Normandy because they have the strongest tides in Europe
• Many French people speak English as a second language, particularly in the tourist destinations
• Estimations are that France has over 40,000 castles, palaces, and stately buildings
• The Louvre is the largest palace in the world, covering 210,000 square meters
• France has 28 sites on the UNESCO world Heritage list
• Tourism figures for 2012 suggest more than 81 million foreigners entered the country
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