Most people assistant French culture with Paris, which is a center of fashion, cuisine, art and construction, but life outdoor of the City of Lights is very different and varies by region.
France doesn't just have nation; the word "nation" actually comes from France. "'Culture' derives from the same French term, which in turn derives from the Latin colure, meaning to tend to the earth and grow, farming and nurture.
Historically, French culture was partial by Celtic and Gallo-Roman cultures as well as the Franks, a Germanic tribe. France was initially defined as the western area of Germany known as Rhineland but it later came to refer to a territory that was known as Gaul during the Iron Age and Roman era.
French is the Main language and the first language of 88 percent of the population. It is the dominant language of the country's, but there are a number of variants based on region. French is the second most widely learned foreign language in the all world, with almost million students, according to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.
About 3% of the population speaks German languages, and there is a small group of Flemish speakers in the northeast. Arabic is the third-largest lesser language.
Those living near the border of Italy may speak Italian as a second, and Basque is spoken by people living along the French-Spanish border.
Other languages include Catalan, Breton (the Celtic language), Occitan dialects, and languages from the former French colonies, including Kabyle and Antillean Creole.
Catholicism is the principal religion of France. 64 percent of the population (about 41.6 million people) famous themselves as Roman Catholic. The other religions in France include Islam, Buddhism and Judaism. From 23 to 28 percent of people in France do not contribute to a religion.
The French take huge great pride in their nation and government and are typically affronted by any negative comments about their country. Guests, particularly Americans, often understand their attitude toward foreigners as rude."From around the 16th century, in Europe, culture became a term for the farming of the mind, the intellect, knowledge, learning, creative faculties and acceptable ways of behaving.
Food and wine are central to life at all socioeconomic levels, and much mixing is done around lengthy dinners.
While cooking styles have changed to highlight lighter fare, many still associate French cooking with heavy sauces and difficult preparation. Some classic French dishes include boeuf bourguignon — a stew made of beef stewed in red wine, beef broth and seasoned with garlic, onions and mushrooms — and coq au vin, a dish made with chicken, Burgundy wine, lardons (small strips or cubes of pork fat), button mushrooms, onions and elective garlic.
Paris is known as the home to many high-end fashion houses, such as Dior, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Chanel. Many French people dress in a sophisticated, professional and fashionable style, but it is not overly fussy. Typical outfits include nice dresses, suits, long coats, scarves and berets.
The term haute couture is associated with French fashion and loosely means fancier garments that are handmade or made to order. In France, the term is protected by law and is defined by the Paris Chamber of Commerce, a London-based fashion writer and editor.
"To earn the right to call itself a couture house and to use the term haute couture in its advertising and any other way, a fashion house must follow these rules:
1. Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.
2. Have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least 15 people full-time.
3. Each season (i.e. twice a year) present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least 35 runs/exits with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear."
Art is everywhere in France — particularly in Paris and other major cities — and Gothic, Romanesque Rococo and Neoclassic influences can be seen in many churches and other public buildings.
Many of history's most renowned artists, including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Camille Pissarro, sought inspiration in Paris, and they gave rise to the Impressionism movement.
The in Paris is among the world's largest museums and is home to many famous works of art, including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.
Holidays and celebrations
The French celebrate the traditional Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter. They mark May Day, also known as Labor Day, on May 1. Victory in Europe Day on May 8 commemorates the end of hostilities in Europe in World War II. is celebrated on July 14. This is the day the Bastille fortress in Paris was stormed by revolutionaries to start the French Revolution.