Fairy Tales of the World France

Geography

This is France and its surrounding countries

Location

France is located in Western Europe and is about the size of Texas. It is bordered by Belgium, luxembourg, germany, switzerland, spain, andorra, and italy. This image shows europe from space at night.

Climate

In france, there is a mild climate because France is exactly in between the north pole and the equator. The north atlantic ocean's winds sweep across the country, and there are no barriers except for the mountains, which are only in eastern and southern france. These winds bring wind and rain frequently.

Physical characterisitcs

France has plateaus, low- lying plains, and mountain blocks, called massifs. They also have a portion of the alps in the Southeast, which are shown in this picture.

Population

The population in france is 66,836,154. Most people are french, but there are a few celtic, latin, and slavic people.

Culture

The louvre

Customs and Traditions

The french are predominatly roman catholic, so they CELEBRATE easter and christmas. They also celebrate bastille day, their independence day. all saints' day and mardi gras are other holidays. Tennis is a popular sport in france. The french open, held in paris every year, is a two week long event where tennis players show their skill. The tour de france is a cycling tour every year in july.

Religion

In france, there are multiple religions. The main religion, roman catholic, is 64.3% of the population. Atheists make up of 27% of the population. The other 8.7% of the population consists of 4.3% muslim, 1.9% protestant, 1% buddhist, 0.9% other, and 0.6% jewish.

Language

The majority of the people in france speak french, which was created over 2000 years ago. In some areas of france, dutch and german are taught.

Food

In france, cuisine is a very important part of their lifestyle. They often eat a small breakfast, a large lunch, and a medium dinner. For a fancy meal, they could have up to 9 courses. Cheese and desserts are very popular in france. They also like to make wine. This photo shows a crêpe, a Thin pancake often filled with sweet or savory foods.

Fortunée

Fortunée was written by Madame Marie-catherine d'Aulnoy

Synopsis

When Fortunée's father, a poor laborer, is about to die, he divides all of his possessions between his two children. Fortunée is given a pot of pinks and a silver ring, and her brother, Bedou, is given a straw mattress, a hen, and two stools. Unfortunately, Bedou is not kind to Fortunée and does not share the eggs from the hen, the mattress, or the two stools. Fortunée leaves to go get water for her pinks and meets the Queen of the Woods. The Queen of the Woods gives Fortunée a good meal, and to show her gratitude, Fortunée decides to give her pot of pinks to the queen. When Fortunée gets back to the cottage, she discovers Bedou has stolen her pinks. Fortunée still feels the need to give the queen something, so she gives her the silver ring. After willingly giving the queen the ring, Fortunée learns about her past and her heritage. This story teaches kindness and forgiveness with talking flowers, cabbages, and animals.

Typical characteristics

"Fortunée" was published in 1892 my Madame d'Aulnoy. It begins with "Once upon a time" and Fortunée is the protagonist because she is forgiving and "incapable of revenge" (d'Aulnoy). Her brother, Bedou, is a misguided character that in the end learns to share and appreciate life. The only castle mentioned is during the flashback when Fortunée's mother lived in a castle, however, many people are of royal descent in the story. Fortunée's parents and the Queen of the Woods are all portrayed as royalty in the story. Although there is not a lot of magical use in the story, there is a little bit. Fortunée had a wooden pitcher filled with water, but the Queen of the Woods "turned [it] into a golden one, all covered with diamonds and filled with deliciously-scented water.” (d'Aulnoy) The problem in the story was that Bedou would not share anything and abandoned Fortunée. The Queen of the Woods teaches Bedou to share and appreciate what he has instead of wish for more. There were not any number motifs in the story, but there was a transformation. It was not a laborer, "but [a] queen who gave [Fortunée] life" (d'Aulnoy).

Connection to France

In France, a variety of different plants grow, including the pink. The pink, or the genus dianthus, has over 300 different species. In the story, Fortunée is given a pot of pinks. Fashion and jewelry is very popular in France today. Many famous designers are from France. Fortunée is also given a silver ring.

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