France, and more specifically its capital city of Paris, has been a high culture center dating back to the 1600’s in most of Europe. In the 1900’s the French culture and its high society appeal spread to be known throughout most of the world. France has also played an important role in cuisine, fashion and cinema, beginning in the late 1800’s. There are several different regional languages throughout France including Breton and Alsatian, Occitan and the Basque language which is in no way related to French. Because France maintains freedom of thought and religion, as established in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789, there are several different religions practiced in their country. French cuisine is world famous and plays a strong role in the country’s reputation for high culture, as is the strong connection to high style fashion.
There is also approximately 65 million people living in France today! Religions practiced in France include Roman Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism, and Judaism. France is well known for being a romantic country with strong emphasis on passion, not only for love relationships but for food, wine, living well, and less-commercialized pursuits.