France named best in the world for cultural influence
22nd January, 2016
A new study from the US News and World Report has ranked
France as the best for offering global cultural influence, putting Italy in
It came top out of 60 countries, with 16,000 people
worldwide asked to associate each of the countries with certain attributes ?
other attributes included factors as diverse as adventure and quality of life.
who took part in the survey gave France a perfect score of 10 for Cultural
Influence, as well as for being trendy, fashionable and prestigious.
The report said of France?s ranking: "It is difficult to overstate the influence France has on
the world, both in the past and today.
"France is one of
the world?s oldest countries, and its reach extends around the globe through
science, politics, economics and perhaps above all, culture.?
France was also
praised by the report for its global significance in the fields of dance,
fashion, music, fine arts and literature, which the country has a long history
of, while also saying that the country was ?nearly synonymous with wine?. These
factors have all also helped to seal France as a must-visit destination for
arts and culture.
Heritage was another
category which France excelled in, ranking with consistently high scores in
four sub-categories: ?has a rich history?, ?has great food?, ?culturally
accessible? and ?many cultural attractions?. Part of the reason France was
ranked so highly for its heritage was due to its wealth of UNESCO World
Heritage Sites (41 in total), including the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.
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