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Transcript of French Culture
88% of the population speaks french as a first language.
The French language is a descendant of Vulgar Latin. Lifestyle Symbols In France The Flag The current french flag is a symbol of the French revolution. It is known as the tricoleur. The white represents the monarchy, the red represents the republic and the blue represents previous rulers. The Gallic Rooster The rooster was first used in the renaissance era to represent royals. It was then adopted as a national symbol during the revolution. Today it is used in places such as the French olympic team uniform. A great ritual for the french culture would include there day to day lifestyle. french is the official language of France and it is spoken threw out the country, the french also recognize a multiple amount of regional languages such as (Basque, Breton and Alsatian). a great attraction to the french culture would be there food and there wine. http://www.everyculture.com/Cr-Ga/France.html Marianne Marianne is an official French symbol. It was adopted as a symbol during the revolution. It represents liberty and equality. Religion In France Freedom of Religion has been a right in France since 1789. Some religions practiced in France are
The Catholic church
The Protestant Church
Islam Catholicism is the primary religion in France. In the 1500's the king had great connections with the pope. As a result many protestants were persecuted and the worst of this persecution occurred on the St.Bartholomew day massacre. During the French revolution in the 1700's the newly elected Republican government began to persecute Catholics.
The conflict between the government and church would not end until the freedom of religion was established in the 1790's. L' Arc de Triomphe The Arc is a national symbol for victory and national pride. In 1806 after a victory in Austerlitz Emperor Napoleon decided to build a grand arc to celebrate the high point of his campaign. Napoleon would never march his troops through the arc as it was finished in the 1830's while he was abroad. On December 15, 1840 Napoleon's remains were marched through the arc. traditions in France French Culture The Eiffel Tower In 1884 it was proposed by two engineers to make a tower to celebrate the centennial of the revolution. They worked for Compagnie Establissment de Eiffel. The tower was completed in 1889 and at the time was the tallest building in the world. To this day it attracts tourists from around the world. The French National Anthem In Europe the most popular alcohol would be wine, the french are one of the biggest distributors of wine threw out the world, there most popular wines in France would include Romanée Conti in Burgundy, Pétrus in Pomerol, Bordeaux and Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux The French are famous for their sophisticated cuisine and dishes such as escargots (cooked snails) or frog legs that only some foreigners dare to try. If you're not a real thrill-seeker there are many other traditional French dishes that you can taste. The two kinds of stew, cassoulet and ratatouille are said to be delicious and quite easy to prepare. And after dinner, treat yourself to a French dessert: crepes or creme brulee should be your first choices! Christmas most of all the french traditions mostly relate to the holiday seasons. Easter, called Pâques in France, is a very important time for the French, who have a strong Christian, and especially Catholic, background. According to tradition, no church bells are rung on the Thursday before Good Friday and remain silent for several days, until on Easter Sunday, they revive. As the bells toll, the custom is for people to hug and kiss each other In France, Christmas is called Noel. This comes from the French phrase les bonnes nouvelles," which means "the good news" and refers to the gospel. In southern France, some people burn a log in their homes from Christmas Eve until New Year's Day. This stems from an ancient tradition in which farmers would use part of the log to ensure good luck for the next year's harvest. Italians call Chrismas Il Natale, meaning "the birthday." The End Traditions in France French Art Attractions The Louvre Museum The Louvre art museum is one of the largest and most historic museums out there. The original structure of the museum dates back to the 12th century. Originally the building served as a fort but in the year 1793 opened as an art museum. French Currency France's currency is the Euro. http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=fr http://europa.eu http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/europe/france/frsymbols.htm http://www.everyculture.com/Cr-Ga/France.html http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=fr http://europa.eu http://www.everyculture.com/Cr-Ga/France.html http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/europe/france/frsymbols.htm http://www.wikipedia.org http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Eiffel_Tower.html Sources