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France Culture

France has a rich and diverse culture known for its richness in art, architecture, music, language, cuisine, and of course fashion. Culture refers to the union of knowledge, experience, learning, beliefs, attitudes, values, meanings, hierarchies, religion, notions of time, roles, spatial relations, concepts of the world, and material objects and possessions acquired by a group of people in the course of generations through individual and group striving.

The culture of France is diverse, reflecting regional differences as well as the influence of recent immigration. France has played an important role for centuries as a cultural center, with Paris as a world center of high culture.

The French can relate quite well to one another and can develop a very strong national identity in the face of adversity. Its colonial past and history also contributes strongly to its identity. Today's France is a multicultural mosaic. Most immigrants come from North Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Religions of France

France is home to people with various ethnic backgrounds including Celts, Romans, Germans, Russians, Asians, Africans North Americans and recent immigrations. The people of France are known worldwide for their sophisticated approach towards life, combined with great concern for style, fashion and appearances.France had been an important cultural center of the world for many centuries, with Paris being the cultural hub.

The religon of France is predominantly Roman Catholic with anticlerical leanings. The French are extremely secular in nature and always prefer to make religion a private affair, separating its from politics.

France has traditionally been a catholic country and today approximately 80% of the population of France. In reality, however, France is a deeply secular country which seen the role of organized religion in the lives of people in France diminish ever since the revolutions in in1780 and 1804. Many French people who are counted as belonging to the Catholic religion have not been.

Islam is the second largest religion in France, mostly practiced by immigrants from former French colonies in Northern Africa. Other religious groups in France include Protestant, Jews, and Buddhists (though negligible). Muslims first started immigrating to France in large numbers during the 1950’s and 1960’s when France needed manpower to sustain it’s economic boom.

Languages of France

The French language is considered the most important cultural identity for the people of France. In fact, the culture of France is profoundly allied with the French language. The Académie française is the authority to look after the development of French language around the world, and it sets an official standard of language purity. French can be a deceptively familiar language because of the number of words and structures it shares with English, but in reality it's difficult for beginners to learn in comparison to English. French is the official language of 33 countries around the world, and is the 13th largest spoken language in the world. The French Government has taken several actions for the promotion of French culture and the French language.

Art in France

The Art in France form the second most important aspect of its rich culture. France has produced several world-renowned artists, painters, authors, and musicians and the artistic history of France dates back to thousands of years. The cave paintings of Altamira, Font de Gaume, Lascaux, Les Combarelles, Niaux Cave and Les Trois Frères show the artistic richness of France since time unknown. During medieval period, France emerged as an important center of art and architecture in the world. Among famous artists of France include Edgar Degas, Francis Picabia, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet. The world-renowned Victor Hugo who wrote Le Miserables and the Hunchback of Notre Dame were also from France. The renowned Spanish painter Pablo Picasso settled in France in 1904 and contributed significantly to the progress of art in France. France is home to thousands of museums including the world-famous Louvre Museum, Osray Museum and Picasso Museum with amazing collections of art and artifacts.

Cuisines and Wines of France

France is blessed with sunny weather, beautiful countryside, a nice selection of beaches, historic cities, ornate churches, picturesque chateaus, and some of the best food and wine in the world. French cuisine is extremely diverse, with only the Chinese having similar variety in their food. French cuisine is extremely diverse. France is known worldwide for its rich varieties of cuisines and wines. French Cuisine is regarded as one of world's most elegant and refined cuisines, renowned for both its classical and provincial styles. The style of French cuisine has influenced almost all Western cuisines, and it forms basis for all other forms of Western cooking. France is known for its varieties of wines and cheeses, which form an integral part of French cuisine, both as ingredients and accompaniments. French cuisine and cooking style is part of culture of France, and people take a high pride in the cuisine of their country.

Music and Sports in France

France is also famous for its music, cinemas and sports, especially football. France has long been considered an important center for European art and music. Music in France is characterized by its amazing varieties of indigenous folk music as well as styles brought by immigrants from Africa, Latin America and Asia. France has produced several legendary composers in the field of classical music including famous pianist and composer Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and Hector Berlioz. Among popular contemporary composers in France include Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Boulez. Jazz, ballet and opera are other most popular forms of music and dances in France. Sports are also popular in France with soccer being the most loved sport in the country.

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