Really typical France?
What does typically French mean? Good food is part of France, although the influence of fast food cannot be ignored here either. You can now buy dark bread in France, but what would the French be without their baguette? The French pay attention to their traditions.
You are also sticking to nuclear energy, for example, something like phasing out nuclear power is currently unimaginable in France. The share of nuclear power in France is 80 percent and guarantees households significantly lower energy prices. And saving electricity is not (yet) as much an issue as it is with us, because as long as electricity is cheap, there is no need to save. But even in France, some are slowly rethinking. The ecological movement is also having a much harder time in France, but the French are also becoming more thoughtful about what the high energy consumption ultimately means.
The French prefer to go on vacation, where? Yes, in France! There are plenty of opportunities here for your vacation: whether on the stormy Atlantic or the Mediterranean or in the Alps. The French behave differently than the Germans, who travel much more frequently to other European countries.
Eating in France
One of the world’s best kitchens?
According to politicsezine, French cuisine is very diverse and it is said to be one of the best cuisines in the world. The many French cheeses that are made in France are best known. There should be over 400. From mild camembert to hot Roquefort cheese, you can try pretty much every flavor.
The French white bread, called baguette, is also famous: not so healthy, but very, very tasty. And children especially love the croissants, the croissants, which are also available as chocolate croissants. The French generally appreciate it sweet and produce many delicious sweet specialties such as the petit fours, small pralines.
Fishy soup à la France
French cuisine differs from region to region. People by the sea like to cook a fish soup called bouillabaisse, which is particularly popular in the area around the port city of Marseille. Each family often has its own recipe.
In Brittany, people love the crepes, which can be eaten sweet or salty, but then they are called galettes.
In Alsace, sauerkraut is valued, and as a choucroute garnie – garnished sauerkraut – it delights tourists and locals alike. With sauerkraut there are sausages and various types of salted meat and potatoes. Everyone prepares it differently, depending on what is currently available.
From French fast food to fried chicken
In France, people also love “quick cuisine”, which is called bistro cuisine here. This is not necessarily “fast food”, although, as the name suggests, it has to be quick. Croque Madame or Croque Monsieur, for example, a simple gratinated toast, sometimes with sometimes without cheese, are popular. By the way, a recipe that you can easily make yourself.
The quiche lorraine, a kind of salty pancake, for which there are many different recipes, is also typically French. In Provence, people like to braise Provencal chicken, which they then cook the Provencal way – with lots of herbs. In general, all kinds of herbs are an important part of French cuisine.
Eating and especially having meals with the family are much more important in France than in Germany, for example. Often there is also a menu: a meal in several courses. This consists of a starter, a main course and a dessert.
These three courses are often served at lunchtime, but dinner is the most important in France. The family eats together here, which is very important in France. French families also spend a lot more money on food than Germans and the quality of the food is often better. But that’s only one side.
In France, too, more and more fast food chains are spreading, hamburgers, fries (the name “French fries” also comes from French) or even chicken nuggets are part of the diet of many children.
And the consequences are that French children are increasingly struggling with being overweight because they eat unhealthily. Sure, hamburgers are delicious and sometimes not a problem at all. But if in the end it is only about fast food, then that has consequences for health: for children and adults.