The French Culture
The French flag in the colours of ”bleu-blanc-rouge” (blue-white-red) as well as the values of the French Revolution ”Liberté – Égalité – Fraternité” (Freedom – Equality – Fraternity) are the symbols of France, a country which promoted human rights and welcomed not only intellectuals and politics people persecuted by their countries because of their political beliefs during the 19th and 20th centuries. It also became home to several foreign artists, who were able to express themselves and create freely in France.
There are French intellectuals who undoubtedly contributed to the development of the European nations in all fields: literature, philosophy, painting, science and many more.
It is true that the French intellectuals fought against the injustice which had been defining the fates of the peoples for centuries. A significant example is the Dreyfus affair, according to which the innocent imprisoned officer Dreyfus was freed thanks to Émile Zola and his article “J’ accuse”.
Great French authors who lived before Zola, such as Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, Balzac, Hugo, Dumas, Flaubert and others who lived after him, such as Malraux, Sartre, Beauvoir, Camus contributed to the improvement of the human fate through their books against poverty, oppression and injustice.
The water lilies of Monet
But it is not only the authors and poets who participated in this change, but also the artists, see for example Matisse, Delacroix, Manet, Toulouse Lautrec, Gauguin and others who lived in the famous Montmartre district.
French gastronomy contains famous dishes such as crepes, soufflés, brioches, croissants, pâtés, terrines, clafoutis, macarons, and various cheeses, among which the Roquefort, the Camembert cheese and the Chèvre (Goat) and of course the famous French wine, champagne.