Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

France ranked world’s top cultural trendsetter

“There’s no country in the world with more cultural influence than France, according to a study released at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday.

When it comes to offering cultural influence around the globe France was ranked top dog, followed by Italy, in the new study from US News & World Report.

‘It is difficult to overstate the influence France has on the world, both in the past and today,’ reads the report.

‘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,’ it adds.

Respondents gave France a perfect score of 10 in the Cultural Influence category, which included scores of 10 for being prestigious, fashionable and trendy.

And here’s why France was ranked number one:

‘Countries that command cultural influence are often synonymous with fine food, fashion and easy living,’ reads the report.

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