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Revealed: The world's favourite French foods

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Revealed: The world's favourite French foods
Where did the humble croissant finish on the list? Photo: Claudio Brisighello/Flickr
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With the whole world preparing to celebrate France's famed gastronomy on Thursday we reveal the most loved French foods across the globe, according to social media channel Instagram - the home of so-called 'food porn'.
For one night on Thursday the whole world will dine on French cuisine.
 
Well not quite, but 1,300 classic Gallic dishes will be served up in restaurants across the world as part of the one-off Goût de France/Good France gastronomy festival.
 
But let's leave those 1,300 plates on low heat for a moment, and take a look instead at the French food that really gets the world drooling.
 
French chefs may have lambasted those who indulge in 'food porn' on social media but where better to turn than the photo-sharing channel Instagram to find out the world's favourite French foods.
 
We ran a check on all the most loved French nosh, from snacks to entrées, main courses to desserts. 
 
Based on the tens of thousands of hashtagged posts for each food, we have ranked the top ten in ascending order of popularity. Can you guess what came out on top?
 
Without further ado:
 
Tartare - 71,765 posts
 
We'll admit, this one took us by surprise. But as we were searching the social media channel, we realized that one of the main reasons people like to share their food is when there is an element of the unusual or the fun about it. And you'd be lying if you said there wasn't something exotic about a potentially bacteria-laced steak tartare. 
 
 
 
Soufflé - 89,675 posts
 
Coming in at ninth place is the humble soufflé. There's something fun about a soufflé, so we're not surprised people want to share them with their friends online. Instagrammers shared some of the most amazingly creative soufflées we had ever seen. 

Fun fact: The word soufflé comes from the French verb souffler, meaning to blow up (or to puff up, in this instance).
 
 

The tallest #souffle I ever did see...

A photo posted by heather (@hcammarata) on

 
Escargots - 114,811 posts
 
Escargots, or better known as snails in English, are a French delicacy. We'll be the first to admit that some of the posts with this hashtag were just snails, but the vast majority were about the dish.
 
Fun fact: In France, the snails are usually cooked outside their shells, then put back in again before serving.
 
 

A photo posted by Joel Corpus (@joelcorpus) on



Ratatouille - 130,638 posts
 
We'd wager that ratatouille would be higher on this list if it was an easier word to spell. But this lack of hashtags was more than compensated for by the posts about the Disney movie by the same name, which appears to have also been the inspiring factor behind a few dogs' and cats' names. But most were about the stewed vegetable dish from Nice in southern France.
 
 

A photo posted by Xin Ben Yu (@missxby) on

 
Fromage - 146,486 posts
 
Sixth place for fromage, and you might have noticed the figures are starting to increase dramatically. Almost 150,000 people have shared a picture of their "fromage" (cheese) with their followers. Honourable mention to "camembert", which had 52,698 hashtags alone - almost enough to earn a place on this list in its own right. 
 
 

How many cheeses can you try in one session? #cheeselover #supplier #bastard #gourmetimport 25 fat ones. #fromage

A photo posted by Erik Schneider (@wineradicalschneider) on

 
Top Five
 
Foie Gras - 157,946 posts
 
Ever controversial, often shareable. Foie Gras has been dividing diners for years considering the often cruel force-feeding method in which it is made. Take a scroll through the posts and you'll see a real foodie vibe. Unlike 'ratatouille', no labradors are named after Foie Gras. Immoral or not, this food is a cuisine-lover's dream. 
 
 

#foiegras #hotplate #grilledfoiegras #japanesefood #japan #nippon #culinary #yummy

A photo posted by Watcharin Setakudan (@jakajan) on

 
Baguette - 261,380 posts
 
There's nothing more French than buying a baguette from a Parisian cafe (and ordering it in French, thank you very much), tucking it under your arm, then eating it under the Eiffel Tower. Well, that's what the tourists think anyway. Indeed, many of the Instagram posts with the hashtag "baguette" were taken with the Iron Lady in the background and hardly focused on the food at all (see prime example below).
 
 
 

A photo posted by Sara Ellis (@sellis133) on

 
Fondue - 583,470 posts
 
As we mentioned before, the fun foods were clear fan favourites, and the fondue was no exception. With over half a million posts, Instagram users just can't get enough of sharing their fondues (as well as their fondon'ts by the looks of some of the cheesy mishaps in the photos). 
 
 

Fondue anyone? #fondue #fondont #funtimes #werehip #yum

A photo posted by Dylan Cash (@cash419) on

 
Croissant - 722,739 posts
 
Ah, the croissant in second place. Who hasn't dreamed of walking into a French patisserie, saying "un croissant s'il vous plait", then devouring it, warm, as you walk down the streets? Of course you have. Many of you have probably done it. And over 700,000 of you have shared yours online. But if the buttery croissant isn't enough for first place then what is? Last chance to guess before scrolling down...
 
 

A photo posted by @rifaniandaa on

 
Crepes - 1,426,465 posts
 
First place for the crepes. Yes, first place. Who'd have thought it - certainly not us. A word of warning though, if you're planning on searching through the hashtag of crepe, you better not do it on an empty stomach. 
 
 
 
Disqualification: Macarons
 
You might be wondering why the macaron/macarons didn't earn a mention on this list.
 
After all, it boasts 2.3 million hashtags on Instagram.
 
However, as many users couldn't decide if they were sharing macarons or Italian macaroons (another very similar confection) and as some suggest the treat was invented in Italy anyway, we decided there was too much confusion to grant it the top spot as the world's favourite French food (according to Instagram). We apologise in advance to all macarons lovers. All complaints should be kept to oneself.
 
And lastly, an honourable mention to French fries. Yes, we know they're not French, but they deserve a nod with their 516,000 mentions.
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