With Valentine's Day just around the corner, here are some French love facts and stories.
With French being the language of love and Paris being the city of love, the French do know a thing or two about romance, and with that in mind, we've put together some French love facts and stories for you to enjoy.
My flea (Ma Puce), a term of endearment
Did you know that une puce is a flea in French, and calling a loved one ma puce (my flea) is a term of endearment used between loved ones!
Love locks, a French tradition
Initialled padlocks known as love locks are a popular tradition in France whereby a couple affix the lock to a public fixture and then throw away the key to symbolise their unbreakable love.
The A shape of the Eiffel Tower, a homage to Adrienne
The A shape of the Eiffel Tower is a homage to Gustave Eiffel's teenage sweetheart Adrienne.
The first Valentine's Day card sent by the Duke of Orléans
When Frenchman the Duke of Orléans was captured at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 and imprisoned in London, he wrote love letters and poems to his wife back in France. These letters became the first recorded valentine's 'cards' (cartes d'amities) that we send today.
Happy Valentine's Day (Joyeuse Saint-Valentin) ❤️