France is one of those countries that remain on anyone’s bucket list. It oozes fun and all things luxurious with a dash of laid-back adventure.
But, have you ever wondered but the kind of people that are in France particularly about their physical features?
Let’s read on to find out more about what the typical French features are, and what makes these features interesting.
Like any typical person, a French person will have standard facial features. These include a pair of eyes, eyebrows, a pair of ears, a mouth, and sometimes facial hair.
The hair color and texture will vary from person to person. But the most common colors are black, gray, or white hair. And you get variations of blonde, brown, and red hair.
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The thing about most French people that I have seen is that they fall in different categories. However, it’s common to come across the more Nordic look from the majority of them.
Yet, their features are quite prominent and different from the typical European physical characteristics that we’re likely to see on TV.
Or even when we’re traveling across Europe. For example, have you noticed how large and aquiline their noses tend to be?
Well, I know I have, perhaps, this is something that you’ll also observe the next time. But these are features that you’ll find mainly in the northern parts of France.
If we go down south, we get to see what most people like to call the exotic French features. Here, we see tanned skin that’s olivy.
Luscious dark and glossy hair with curls made for TV. The people in the South of France also have darker shades of eyes, you rarely come across the blue or green eyes that are predominant in the northern parts.
The answer to this question depends largely on where the people that we’re looking at come from. First things first, I should let you in on what we consider the Ethic French person.
Long, long ago, there were people from different parts of Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East who traveled across the Mediterranean Sea and the Nordic lands until they finally settled in France.
If you’ve ever heard of the Francophone people, then you’ve likely been taught about this group of people.
They’re not only considered ethnic to France, but they have a long and rich history in this country. Moreover, this helps us to understand and identify different characteristics that we have in typical French people today.
Due to this mixture of ethnicities that settled in this country many moons ago, we generally have French people that fall into two distinct categories.
We can have the ones who live up north. These guys have typical Northern European features. Think of your typical fair skin, thin lips, blue eyes, and blond hair.
On the other hand, we have the southern folk who are a mix of those ethnicities that traveled across continents all those years ago.
With these guys, we should expect to see skin that’s somewhat tanned, dark brown eyes, and darker and more curly hair. At the end of the day, the French are a very diverse group of people.
It’s very hard for me to pinpoint a typical physical attribute for the entire country. We always have to consider how much the geographical history of this country has impacted the type of people that we find.
For this reason, it’s difficult to find a generalized physical characteristic to determine that someone is from France or isn’t. We could easily blend into this country, and nobody would have a clue that we’re not originally from there.
The fact of the matter is that we will come across specific eye color shades when we are in Europe. France isn’t an exception even though it is a very diverse country.
Again, if we happen to come across someone who has more Nordic features, then we should expect to see lighter shades of blue, green, and hazel colored eyes.
According to one study, the following are the ratios for eye color that we should expect to find in modern day France.
- 22% of the nation has blue eyes.
- 34% have brown eyes.
- 44% have what we call intermediate eyes. For example, hazel, green, gray, etc.
Why is it that when a French man throws on a pair of jeans and a white t-shirt, he suddenly looks like he’s going to appear in an international ad?
The French men that everyone dreams about have one thing in common, they look like they’ve been drenched in some tropical sun.
But, if you’ve been following me up to this point, you should have an idea of where everyone goes to find their dreamy Frenchman.
It’s the South of France of course! This is where we find the guys with gorgeous olive skin and hazel eyes that look like they can stare into your soul.
By now, we should all understand that in France you get what you’re looking for when physical characteristics are concerned.
If I’m trying to find a typical European man with fairer skin and blue eyes, I should head up north. The one thing that the men from the north and the south have in common though is the least expected.
They’re rather shorter than we would like to imagine.
While the rest of the world has women who are heavy on the foundation and contouring their faces, the French women are still very easy on the makeup.
Consider them simpleton when it comes to putting on makeup. In fact, most ladies in France would rather spend more time accentuating their eyes and lips than countless hours putting on layer after layer of foundation.
If you’ve never thought that less is more when it comes to doing makeup, then you should visit French women more.
These women are what we like to consider chic, sexy, and casually elegant combined. Generally, it always depends on what you’re looking for.
You can find petite or tall French woman. But, they either love dark or blonde hair, it’s rarely in-between.
Have you ever heard the saying that French is a language of love? According to research, the French are considered a Romance ethnic group.
While this may sound like the French are all about love, it doesn’t necessarily mean that. What it means is that the French owe their origins to the Romans.
But what should you expect from this group of diverse people from such a fascinating nation? The only thing that I can think of is fun.
A country that is full of such rich history and different people should offer you a world of fun experiences when you visit.
If you’re planning to see more of the Francophone people in real-life, it’s always important to stay prepared for and adventure. The thing about any country is that there are values and ways of doing things.
This is why it’s important to get yourself knowledgeable about what you are likely to expect. It’s essential to go beyond finding out about the typical physical characteristics of the people who live there.
Although it’s always important for us to learn more about the people we are likely to meet, going in depth is always a good idea.
So, prepare more by learning about the history of these people, and what makes them so diverse from the rest of the European world.
In summary, if you are trying to figure out the typical physical features of French people, then you should know that it’s not as straightforward as we would like it to be.
In fact, we’re likely to find common and exotic physical characteristics in French ethnic groups. The answer lies in which part of the country they’re situated in.