What is France Known for? The Tale of 33 French Icons

The country has featured heavily in some of the world’s best-loved literature, films, plays, and television so its culture and characters can be familiar even to those yet to visit.

France is famous for many things – here are 33 of the most iconic.

Notre Dame’s full name is Notre Dame de Paris. This means Our Lady of Paris. It is one of the key things that represent France.

Notre Dame Cathedral


It is best known for its world-famous film festival which has been held every Spring since 1946.

Cannes Film Festival


The croissant was named for its crescent shape and is made of layered dough Modern technology has been incorporated into the process.



This impressive landmark was first erected in 708 and was one of the first monuments first inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage site in 1979.

Mont Saint Michel


Parisians quickly fell in love with The Eiffel Tower and more than 2 million visited in the first year that it was open. The tower symbolised French know-how and industrial genius.

The Eiffel Tower


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