- France began its pasta tradition in the 1700s in southern France, close to Italy. It grew into a much-loved dish across the country. By the 1900s, there were pasta makers all over Paris, making vermicelli, macaroni, and lasagna.
- Today, there are about eight big pasta factories in France, and the average per capita consumption is 8 kg per year.
- French food or cuisine is often considered to be one of the best in the world. Different regions in France have different kinds of cooking (or dishes).
- There is no general agreement on what is the national dish of France but several dishes are popular throughout the country: pot-au-feu, a slowly cooked beef and root vegetable stew; and coq au vin, chicken cooked in red wine.
- France produces over 400 types of cheese.
- France is about the same size as Texas, with twice the population.
- Wearing a white wedding dress is a tradition which began in France more than 500 years ago.