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A Glance at France

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By: Molly G., Marisa D., and Alexis W.


History Every person that lived in France left their mark. France has history from the Stone Age, BC, and AD. In early Stone Age the “cavemen” left a record of their existence with marvelous paintings on the wall. The “cavemen” were the people who found what now is France. During the cold weather the “cavemen” camped out in caves.

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B.C. France culture heritage extends some 408,000 years back in time. Sometime thirty thousand and forty thousand year ago another race of humans arrived in France. Between 1000 and 750 BC tribal people currently know as Celts migrated to France. The people back than had horses pull their carts. They also know how to grow their own crops and raise live stock. http://wwwaql=&oq=the+french+cul&surl=1.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&safe=active&biw=1003&bih=567&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=the+fren ch+culture&aq=1&aqi=g2


A.D. By the late 1600 France dominated Europe. The France Revolution of 1789-1799. Napoleon Bonaparte took power for himself in 1804, but the battle of Wartendo ended Napoleons’ power in 1815. The France Revolution marked a milestone in world history because it started a movement towards democratic government

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Lifestyle

French people are different from us in many ways. On a daily base the adults work an average of 38 hours a week while the kids go to school 27 hours a week. In 1999 they had a population of over 38 million but more than 3 million adults can’t read or write. Most families have 2-3 children and live in houses that go back to the 1600s but the newer houses are being built green.


Sports

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The sports they play are a lot like ours, they go swimming, dance, play soccer, ECT. Soccer is a very popular sport. The game Boles became popular in the 19th century. France is also home of a lot of well known artist’s.


Random Facts

Some other random facts are that 80% of French people are Roman Catholic; the 2nd major religion is Islam. Only in the last 14 years French woman are legally equal with men. Also France has a good international reputation and is respectful. French is a lot like us in some ways but different in lots.


Food The percentage of food in France is about 80% of French people eat bread everyday. The percentages of the other stuff in France is 23% in meat, 17% in grains, 16% is milk, 13% is wine, 12% is fruits and vegetables, 7% is eggs and poultry, 6.4% is industrial crops, and 5.6% is other. Where wine goes: Germany = 75%, Great Britain = 62.9%, Belgium/Lux. = 37%, Netherlands = 27.2%, U.S = 18.5%, Switzerland = 16.6%, and other countries = 88.5%. Also French has produced 1.3 billion gallons of wine a year.


Meals in France

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Meals in France are that you can only put jam or butter on toast at breakfast time. A typical meal = appetizer, main course, cheese, dessert, and coffee. The most common dish in France is steak and fried potatoes. The most famous dish is Tripes a La Mode de Caen (the lining if a pig’s stomach).


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How to eat in France is that both hands remain above the table. A man may rest his wrists on the table while the woman may rest her forearms on the edge of the table. You DO NOT rest your elbows on the table. Lettuce is folded into small pieces with a fork but, never cut. Bread is broken with your fingers and used to wipe the plate. Lastly, lunches and dinners can last more than 2 hours and with an extended family it can last more than 4 hours.

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