The photographs that could only be taken in France

Oliver Gee
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The photographs that could only be taken in France
Only in France.. Photo: AFP

There are some things that could only happen in France and luckily there are cameras around to record them.


A wine marathon

Yes, seriously. Read more about it here
Welcome to the world's booziest marathonAFP
Speaking of wine.. only in France are locals warned of "spilled grape juice". 
Still on the subject of wine, is this the most French bike ever (complete with "vin" holder at the front)?
And prepare to be faced by the great walls of wine in the supermarkets...
Photo:Josh Melvin
Not to mention the great walls of tiny yogurt tubs (the French love them).
Photo: indabelle/Flickr
And of course the great walls of cheese
And only in France do you see protests where angry farmers pour wine onto the streets...
French farmers' wine dumping sparks anger in SpainAFP
And sometimes milk...
They won't hesitate to let pigs into shops...
The craziest French protests you'll find hard to believeAFP
Sometimes they take it as far as doing a huge manure dump to get their point across. 
Why the French back their striking farmersAFP
(Click here to see many, many more unusual protests from the French). 
And what about the French phenomenon of "bossnapping"? Here Maurice Petit, an exec from American company Caterpillar is led away by workers in 2009.
And then there's the naked protests... even in front of minsters.
 Naked comedian shocks French culture minister(Screengrab France 2)
And sticking with the theme of nudity...We just can't imagine this photo of an ex-minster turned presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron sharing a glance with a nudist could have been taken in any other country.
Protests aside, a terrible parking effort is one sure sign you're in France. 
How you know you're in Paris: The nineteen tell-tale signs
Photo: mokapest/Flickr
Meanwhile, surely it's only in France that the bread is so good that people will wait in long queue for it...
Photo: Garycycles7/Flickr
Often in very long queues...
Photo: Annie and Andrew/Flickr
Or they can always find it in an self-service machine. No, seriously. 
The French put some weird things in their dispenser machines actually, including pigs' entrails...
And cheese, of course.
Sticking with food, there's the amazing menu at the school canteen in France. Look closely.
Talk about a balanced diet. Salad, cheese, fruit, vegetables and no turkey twizzlers in sight.
And sticking with food. The tough job of translating French dishes leads to many a great pic.
Photo: Rory Mulholland
And where do they drink cider out of a cup and not a glass?
And obviously short story vending machines at train stations had to be invented in France...
What else? Well, how about police on roller blades? A regular sight in some French cities. 
Photo: Hugefluffy/Flickr
Especially in tourist areas of Paris
Photo: AFP
And only in France... well perhaps not actually , but the country's swimming pool laws are famous for being as tight as the skimpy swimming trunks they force men to wear.
Photo: jaybergesen/Flickr


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