French knickers, lingerie, the cancan and lace all make France such a sexy place

What makes France and the French so sexy?

France and the French culture and people have definitely won a top place on the world stage when it comes to sexiness. From lingerie, French lace, French knickers, the Can-can dancers with petticoats and black-stockinged legs, to former sex-kitten and screen goddess Brigitte Bardot and the banned hit single "Je T'aime...moi non plus" by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, France has been known worldwide as the country that is very much about sex.

As a matter of interest, Gainsbourg had relationships with both Bardot and later Birkin and two versions of the saucy song that sparked so much controversy were recorded but Bardot didn't want her version of it released. The BBC banned the song and the Vatican made a statement on its sexual content and loose morals.

Famous artists like Toulouse Lautrec have portrayed the sensuality and sexiness of the French in paintings such as Jane Avril Dancing.

Art by Toulouse-Lautrec

Jane Avril Dancing by Toulouse-Lautrec
Jane Avril Dancing by Toulouse-Lautrec

Lingerie and Chantilly Lace

The word lingerie, which is used worldwide to mean sexy underwear actually comes from the French word "linge", meaning "washables." And French lace, also known as Chantilly lace, really originated in France. This type of lace was featured in the rock ´n´roll classic Chantilly Lace by Jerry Lee Lewis where he sings:

"Chantilly Lace had a pretty face and a ponytail hangin' down. A wiggle in her walk and a giggle in her talk. Make the world go 'round and round"

The Can-can, or cancan without the hyphen as it is more correctly spelled, originated in Paris in around 1830 and became regularly performed in the Moulin Rouge. The word cancan is French and means "scandal," hinting that such a dance could be likely to have that sort of result. It has always been thought of as a very sexy dance routine and Wikipedia tells us:

"In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the cancan was viewed as much more erotic because the dancers now made use of the extravagant underwear of the period, and the contrasting black stockings. They lifted and manipulated their skirts much more, and incorporated a move sometimes considered the most cheeky and provocative—bending over and throwing their skirts over their backs, revealing their lace-covered behinds."

Brigitte Bardot was and is thought of by many as one of the most sexy actresses ever and in 2007 she was named among Empire's 100 Sexiest Film Stars proving that she still has the seductive allure she always had.

Many people think that the French language sounds sexy and it has been called "the language of love." And of course, the word amorous is derived from the French word "amour," which means love.

From these examples included here I am sure you can see that France really has contributed very much to what people today think of as sexy and you can probably think of many more seductive French items I have left out. Is France the top country for sex and sexiness? I'll let you decide.

Chantilly Lace by Jerry Lee Lewis

Brigitte Bardot tribute

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BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

An interesting idea for a hub! Guessing you are following your own advice and going along the sexy underwear route with your hubs.


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Bard of Ely 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Indeed, I am Bristol Boy,and enjoying the videos I am finding researching this one. A series of interviews with slip models will be starting soon too!


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

What a great topic for a hub, Bard :-) Is France the top country for sex and sexiness? Hmmmm, I'm undecided. I'd say France is the top country for elegance, and that combined with sexiness is just, OOOO MON DIEU! Laugh! Biggie thumbs up to you!


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Bard of Ely 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks, Elena! Yes, elegance as well!


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artfuldodger 7 years ago from Earth

i think the french and euro's in general come off as sexier due to the fact that they're not as prudish about nudity and the like as Americans. The lack of hangups sort of expresses confidence, which as we all know, is pretty hot.


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Bard of Ely 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Good point, Artfuldodger! I agree that the Europeans in general are more relaxed about these things. Nudity is allowed on some public beaches where I live, for example.


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artfuldodger 7 years ago from Earth

yeah, i live in Vermont, where, oddly enough, there is no law against public nudity. so you can totally walk around naked if you feel like it, literally anywhere without fear of arrest. but it's usually too cold for that too be a good idea. Basically they never passed one so there's nothing on the books.


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bgamall 7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Bridgitte didn't need Botox. What great lips:)


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Bard of Ely 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Artfuldodger, it ought to be that way everywhere, I say!

Thanks for the feedback, bgamall!


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Research Analyst 7 years ago

I think its the french accent that makes the people sexy, not to mention the more feminine women.


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Bard of Ely 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for your feedback too, Research Analyst.


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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum

Toulouse-Lautrec's depictions of Can Can girls are the best for me.  I'm a big fan of Erte` too.Thanks for this GREAT hub!


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Bard of Ely 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for reading my hub and responding, RKHenry!


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

All I can-can say is oooo-la-la


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for saying it, GL!


Madame Mazuni 5 years ago

Thanks for this interesting hub.. I love this and am a huge fan of Bridget Bardot..


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for enjoying this!


pecanfanni 13 months ago

Oh Lala'!! Au we having fun!! Love ❤ all things French!!

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