thumbnail

France True or False?

Can you guess whether these statements about the country of France are true or false?
Quiz by camus
Rate:
Last updated: May 17, 2021
You have not attempted this quiz yet.
First submittedApril 29, 2020
Times taken17,143
Average score73.3%
Rating4.39
4:00
The quiz is paused. You have remaining.
Scoring
You scored / = %
This beats or equals % of test takers also scored 100%
The average score is
Your high score is
Your fastest time is
Keep scrolling down for answers and more stats ...
1. Mainland France borders the Netherlands
True
False
Belgium gets in the way
2. Strasbourg is a French city
True
False
3. The current iteration of the French government is known as the "Fifth Republic"
True
False
4. France is a NATO member
True
False
5. The crowning of French kings traditionally took place in Lyon
True
False
It took place in Reims
6. France is a high-tax country relative to most others
True
False
According to the Heritage Foundation, 45.3% of GDP is collected as taxes, the third highest rate in the world
7. New York was founded by the French
True
False
It was founded by the Dutch
8. The French Army hasn't won any major battles since the time of Napoleon
True
False
They've won many, but none greater than the Battle of Verdun in 1916
9. Charlemagne was born and died in modern-day France
True
False
His birth place might have been Belgium or Germany, and he died in Germany. His kingdom comprised many modern-day countries.
10. There are more Protestants than Catholics in France
True
False
11. France invented the metric system
True
False
12. The national anthem of France is called "La Marseillaise"
True
False
13. Most of France's electricity comes from nuclear power
True
False
14. France is the largest country by area in the European Union, if external territories are not considered
True
False
15. Due to a 1794 law, the French government distributes free baguettes to citizens who show up at one of 11 national bakeries
True
False
+1
Level 31
Apr 29, 2020
What has the Catholicism got to do with france
+56
Level 77
Apr 29, 2020
Its largest religious denomination is Catholicism. I don't know what further explanation to give.
+8
Level 87
Jan 21, 2021
Leave it to a man named Camus.
+1
Level 77
Jan 22, 2021
Pronounced 'camoo' 😊
+1
Level 76
Jan 25, 2021
Or "kamy" if you're more French-ly inclined.
+9
Level 77
Jan 25, 2021
ka-müh
+2
Level 91
Jan 21, 2021
One connection would be that from 1309 to 1377 the Popes lived in Avignon instead of the Vatican.
+2
Level 76
May 13, 2021
The Catholic Church has been in France since the 2nd century, the French participated in the Crusades, and one of their most notable landmarks in the Cathedral of Notre Dame, among other reasons.
+1
Level 43
Jun 2, 2022
It has to do with the war between the Netherlands and Spain. Because the Netherlands were mainly protestants the catholics moved southly to Belgium and France and the protestants moved northly.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eighty_Years%27_War

+7
Level 74
Apr 29, 2020
You could argue that France does border the Netherlands on the island of St. Martin. Otherwise you need to add in the description to exclude overseas territories. And why is the description of the quiz referring to Germany anyway?
+7
Level 77
Apr 29, 2020
Changed the question and altered the description (which was copied from this quiz).
+1
Level 65
Nov 12, 2021
There's nothing in the description about this.
+11
Level 77
Jan 21, 2021
Good quiz. Surprised there wasn't a sneaky question about France bordering Brazil.
+1
Level 16
Jan 22, 2021
very nice quiz men
+2
Level 77
Jan 22, 2021
Guessed a few, and only got the tax and Charlemagne questions wrong
+4
Level 87
Jan 22, 2021
Searched for 5 minutes online and couldn't find anything about the free baguettes. Not necessarily doubting it, but does anyone have a source?
+16
Level ∞
Jan 22, 2021
The correct answer is, of course, false.

I added this one personally since I like these nonsensical made up questions.

But I screwed up and put the answer as true. Somehow no one noticed for 500 takes. Then I noticed an fixed it. But, you commented just before it got fixed!

+4
Level 69
Jan 22, 2021
And 47% still got it wrong :P

I guess they thought it couldn't be made up

+2
Level 72
Jan 22, 2021
I used to live in France and I knew it was false, but I always get duped by the nonsense ones!

(FYI, no one has ever given birth while serving as Pope either.)

+1
Level ∞
Jan 22, 2021
And Sir Reginald Clark never swam from Australia to New Zealand either!
+1
Level 77
Jan 23, 2021
I tried False but fell for it when True popped up.
+4
Level 63
May 13, 2021
And 82% of Indian households might not be keeping a pet elephant either.
+2
Level 67
May 14, 2021
It's a really good question, because while it is obviously false, it's the kind of thing one wishes were true. I wouldn't be surprises if many people answered "true" just in the hope that that would make it so!
+3
Level 63
Jan 22, 2021
bah, only got the free baguette question wrong, had no idea so had to guess it and went for true, it just sounded like such a french thing to do!
+1
Level 76
Jan 22, 2021
May want to clarify that the area is exclusive of any territories (e.g. Greenland) which would make the answer "false."
+2
Level ∞
Jan 22, 2021
Good point. Added that to the question.
+3
Level 71
Jan 23, 2021
Love the baguette one!
+1
Level 73
Jan 28, 2021
I figured Ukraine would be a part of the EU. Apparently not.
+1
Level 64
Feb 6, 2021
No. However, Ukraine is trying to grow stronger ties with them after the situation in Donbass but Putin says NO.
+1
Level 76
May 13, 2021
I thought Germany or maybe Poland.
+1
Level 11
Apr 29, 2021
OMG I love this quizz

Because I'm French

+2
Level 67
May 13, 2021
When you add up what other countries (i.e. USA) pay a la carte for things though (health care, nursing homes, child care, education), France comes out ahead and others ultimately pay more.
+2
Level 67
May 14, 2021
Yes, but don't tell the Heritage Foundation, it would mess with their heads!
+1
Level 43
May 13, 2021
I really wanted that last one to be true haha
+1
Level 60
May 14, 2021
Isn't the current French government the Fifth Republic? It seems like the correct answer should be "true."
+1
Level 77
May 14, 2021
The answer is displayed as True.
+2
Level 50
May 14, 2021
15/15 I'm French

The last one got me laughing

+1
Level 28
May 17, 2021
Actually, New York has been funded by the French, in 1524, through the expedition of Giovanni da Verrazzano, paid by the French King François the First.

Originally the region has been named Terre d'Angoulême (Angoulême's Land) or La Nouvelle-Angoulême (The New Angoulême). Then in 1624, the Dutch took the region and renamed it New Amsterdam.

The story of La Nouvelle Angoulême has been forgotten for a long time, but in 1949, a young French historian living in New York (Jacques Habert) published a book about that story called « When New York was called Angoulême ».

+1
Level 77
May 17, 2021
Interesting. I don't think that "founded" is really correct because the area was only explored and named in service of the French crown. The French didn't settle there and it seems they didn't even properly own the land since there is no mention of early Dutch claims being contested.

But since the question might create confusion, I changed it. Let's see if Quizmaster agrees.

+1
Level ∞
May 17, 2021
I reverted the change. The French most definitely did not found New York. An Italian explorer working for France visited the area but left virtually no trace.
+1
Level 28
May 19, 2021
Even though it can be seen as exaggerated to say the French actually founded New York, it remains undeniable that this particular question is misleading, due to the existence of those facts and due to the wide and blurry definition of "founding".

I think there are enough places in the world that have not been founded by the French to ask a similar question that will be less ambiguous and leave no doubt about the proper answer, rather that keeping one of the very few exceptions that are most definitely arguable.

+1
Level 55
May 17, 2021
Isn't Ukraine larger than metropolitan France..?
+4
Level 67
May 17, 2021
Yes, but Ukraine isn't in the European Union!
+2
Level 56
May 17, 2021
I fell for the "largest country" question, because I read it as Europe instead of EU...