Our Other Polls About France
French and Sex
A recent survey titled "Paris, City of Light, City of Debauchery", conducted by Ifop - "l'Institut de sondage français" - reveled that the Parisians are sexually cheekier than the rest of France.
The survey was conducted via an online questionnaire on a sample of 2010 Parisians of least 18 years of age, 1072 women and 938 men.
According to the survey 65% of Parisian men and 49% of Parisian women acknowledge having already kissed a third person while they were in a couple. Worse still, 58% of men and 36% of women admit to having been sexually infidel.
On average, a Parisian woman will have 11.4 partners during her lifetime while a Parisian man 25.6 partners.
Other results of the survey show that 44 percent of Parisians had slept with someone without knowing their name, while 29 percent of Parisians had taken part in threesome.
So our question is: when you think of Paris, are sensual pleasures the first thing coming to your mind?
The Frenchman and the beret
Oh, the French and their berets!
A cliché for which we can thank the vendors of Breton onions! Indeed, it was mainly them who sold in England onions from Roscoff region (today the department of Finistère, in the extreme northwest of France) from the 1830s up to World War II. Most of them were wearing beret hats, very popular in France at the time. These vendors were omnipresent in the UK where they were nicknamed "Johnny Onion" ("Jeannot aux oignons"). They embodied the image that the English were having at the time of the French. The sale of Roscoff onions declined sharply during the twentieth century, but this picture of the Frenchman with the beret survived and was even exported in Anglophone countries.
Do you think that this imagine still holds true?
With 11 statutory holidays and a minimum of 5 weeks guaranteed paid vacation, France is one of the countries where employees enjoy the most paid time off.
France is also reputed for its cuisine, in fact so much so that in 2010 UNESCO added French gastronomy to the list of humanity's "intangible cultural heritage". Strongly linked with the French cuisine there are the famous French wines, and who did not hear of the world renowned Bordeaux and Burgundy wineries.
Last but not least France is a leading country in the fashion industry, which even describes its highest standards with the French expression: "haute couture". The French city capital is home to many premier fashion designers including Chanel, Pierre Cardin, Céline, Chloe, Dior, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Hermès, Lanvin, Rochas, Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent etc. and "french chic" is many times used to describe a smartly dressed woman.
What best describes what comes to your mind when you hear the word "France"?
In May 2013, U.S. Food and Drug Administration blocked the importation of MIMOLETTE cheese declaring it filthy. The FDA rapport states: "The article appears to consist in whole or in part of a filthy, putrid, or decomposed substance or be otherwise unfit for food". Do you agree with FDA?
About Tour de FranceTour de France - arguably the most prestigious bicycle race in the world - is a national institution in France. It started in 1903 and runs every year primarily during in the month of July. It covers around 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi) in 21 days. In 2013 the 7 times winner (later stripped of these titles) Lance Armstrong declared that it is impossible to win this competion without doping. Do you agree?
About WineRecently - in October 2013 - at an auction held by Sotheby's in London a case of Chateau Latour à Pomerol 1961 from the cellar of the Bordeaux estate's former owner Lily Lacoste-Loubat fetched 103,400 pounds or $167,100 or €124500 (more than double the low estimate).
A double magnum of Petrus 1964 and a case of the same Bordeaux estate's 1982 vintage each sold for 47,000 pounds (€56,400 or $75600) beating estimates, while 12-bottle lots of Petrus 1990 and 1998 fetched 42,300 pounds (€50,700 or $68,000) each, according to a Sotheby's statement (source: Bloomberg).
Which statement would you agree the most:
About Foie GrasThe foie-gras is arguably the crown jewel of the French cuisine. It is obtained by force-feeding the ducks or geese by holding their necks and beaks upright and actually pouring down corn grains. There are even in France more and more voices raised against the practice of force-feeding considered no less than animal cruelty. There are also pro-foie gras activists that justify it by the fact that even wild ducks and geese tend to over eat (as discovered by ancient Egyptians the first known foie-gras consumers).
Which statement would you agree the most: