- According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2013 Population Survey the third most common language in the United States is French, after English and Spanish, with 1,755,433 using French as their predominant language. http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/acs-22.pdf
- Washington State alone has 7,000 French households
- France is one of the largest investors in U.S. businesses and has been since the 1980's. http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc1/ForeignInvestmentintheUnitedStates.html
- There are nearly 5,000 French-owned companies doing business in the United States and they employ over 650,000 people.http://www.ambafrance-us.org/spip.php?article2538
- France is the world's 5th largest economy with a gross national product of 2.8 trillion. http://www.export.gov/france/doingbusinessinfrance/index.asp
- According to the U.S. State Department there were 1.5 million French visitors in 2013. http://travel.trade.gov/view/f-2000-99-001/forecast/Forecast-COUNTRIES.pdf
- France is one of the oldest democracies in the world, overthrowing the king in 1789 and Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14th each year.
- The colors of the French flag are the same as ours and the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France.
- The French health system is widely considered to be one of the best health care systems in the world, providing care for all, and with electronic medical smart cards for residents since 1997 (something the U.S. still hasn't mastered).
- The United States spent $8,508 per capita on health care in 2011, while France spent $4,118, and they generated better health results. http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2014/2014042.pdf
If you are interested in learning more about French culture, here are some organizations in the United States which may be of interest:
Federation of Alliances Francaise U.S.A.
French Embassy in the United States
French American Foundation of the United States
Feel free to share this liberally throughout the globe. And this is the healthpolicymaven signing off "au revoir."