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52 French Innovations

— December 18, 2008 — World
Power parents Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have divulged that they will spend their holidays in France. It's no wonder the globetrotting couple picked France as their spot to rejuvenate with their ever-growing family; France is known for its fashion, haute cuisine, rich cultural history, and picturesque vistas.

We've assembled a collection of French innovations that showcase the talent within this European country. Many of the designers featured below hail from France, but some are foreigners that were merely inspired by its culture.

It's no wonder Angelina Jolie picked France as a place to bring her family for the holidays. There are a number of eco-friendly public installations that will appeal to Angelina Jolie's environmental side, like the cardboard bridge that spans the Gordon River.
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Sports Salaries Keep Skyrocketing
Sports Salaries Keep Skyrocketing
French Soccer Player Gets $170MM
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Radio Delay
Radio Delay
30 Second Delay to Slow Down Tour de France Riders?
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Presidential Inspiration
Presidential Inspiration
French President Inspires Male Plastic Surgery Boom
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Legion Produced Alcohol
Legion Produced Alcohol
French Legion Goes Into The Wine Business
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France Opens Secret UFO Files Covering 50 Years
France Opens Secret UFO Files Covering 50 Years
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Designer Honors
Designer Honors
Giorgio Armani Receives French 'Legion of Honor'
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Pop Culture Footwear
Pop Culture Footwear
French & English Confectioner's Shoes
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Odd Auctions
Odd Auctions
French First Lady Nudes at Christie's
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Wine Terrorism
Wine Terrorism
CRAV Grape Activists Threaten French President
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French Wall Decor
French Wall Decor
I *Heart* Nothing, I'm Parisian
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Hurricane Angelina
Hurricane Angelina
Angelina Jolie's South of France Nickname
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In-Flight Mobile Phone
In-Flight Mobile Phone
Air France & OnAir Team for Service
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French Smoker's Haven
French Smoker's Haven
Smoker Bell With Drink Stand
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New Dance Storms France
New Dance Storms France
'Tecktonic' Inspired by Hair Gel
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Google Street View of Tour de France
Google Street View of Tour de France
Virtual Cycling Tours
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French Delicacy Nears Extinction
French Delicacy Nears Extinction
The Ortolan
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Censoring Wine Journalism
Censoring Wine Journalism
French Wine Makers Revolt Against New Rules
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Wear Your Seat
Wear Your Seat
French Designer Creates Chair / Backpack / Art
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Tour de France Marketing
Tour de France Marketing
Branded Merchandise for Fans
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Franchised Art Galleries?
Franchised Art Galleries?
Louvre Museum to Franchise in Abu Dhabi Amid French Protest
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Retro French Glamour
Retro French Glamour
Fall/Winter 2007 Fashion
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Eiffel Tower Luxury Phones
Eiffel Tower Luxury Phones
The MobiFrance FL Stunner
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Kinky PC Case
Kinky PC Case
French Maid Skirt PC Case
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360 MPH Supertrains
360 MPH Supertrains
TGV French Rail Train Sets Record
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Obama Effect
Obama Effect
Barack Obama Used in French Human Rights Manifesto
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Fan Photos on Flickr
Fan Photos on Flickr
Tour de France 2008
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Outrageous Sex Ad Raises Awareness
Outrageous Sex Ad Raises Awareness
French Student Housing Shortage
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Cardboard Bridges
Cardboard Bridges
Japanese Architect's Eco-Friendly Bridge in France
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ReCycled Bike Chairs
ReCycled Bike Chairs
Tour de France Lounger
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Fancy French Fry Holder
Fancy French Fry Holder
Dine Art
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Mystery Of The Pyramids Solved By French Architect
Mystery Of The Pyramids Solved By French Architect
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Naughty Shopping Bags
Naughty Shopping Bags
French First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Bare on Pardon Totes
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Electric Mini Car for French Mailmen
Electric Mini Car for French Mailmen
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'Healthy' French Fry Makers
'Healthy' French Fry Makers
The T-Fal Actifry
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Retro Hip
Retro Hip
The Vintage French 77 Collection by Puma
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Stylish Subway Entrances
Stylish Subway Entrances
Toulouse, France Introduces Modern Art to Public Transit
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Ice Rocks
Ice Rocks
Prepackaged Ice Cubes from French Mineral Water
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Funky French Wine Decanter
Funky French Wine Decanter
Etienne Meneauare's Veiny Vino
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Illegally Skinny
Illegally Skinny
French Bill Will Make Skinny Models 'Illegal'
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Wine Rack Extraordinaire
Wine Rack Extraordinaire
French Henri Holds Your Bottles
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Socialite High Fashion
Socialite High Fashion
Paris Hilton Covers French Vogue
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Movies About Diet Books
Movies About Diet Books
French Women Don't Get Fat to Star Hilary Swank
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French Bistro-Inspired Campaigns
French Bistro-Inspired Campaigns
Madonna in Louis Vuitton Ads
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Satanic Is The New Black
Satanic Is The New Black
French Vogue Devil Worship
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Steampunk Animal Vehicles
Steampunk Animal Vehicles
Mechanical Scultures in Nantes, France
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Victorian Luxury Bathrooms
Victorian Luxury Bathrooms
The Acajou Le Manoir Bath Collection Has a Vintage Appeal
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High Fashion Fur
High Fashion Fur
French Vogue August Issue Will Anger PETA
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80s Rocker-Chic Couture
80s Rocker-Chic Couture
Agyness Deyn in French Vogue
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Dangerous Platform Shoes
Dangerous Platform Shoes
Sky-High Fashion in French Vogue
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Naked French Rugby Calendar
Naked French Rugby Calendar
Dieux du Stade 2008
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Biomimicmarketing in Shockvertisement
Biomimicmarketing in Shockvertisement
French AIDS Campaign
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Angels in the Buff
Angels in the Buff
Victoria's Secret Models Strip Down For French Photo Magazine
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