french List of French Inventions

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A list of famous French inventions and innovations. Ancient cultures have long been known to discover, create, and produce new and useful tools, medicines, and foods, and ancient French inventions are among the most popular discoveries still used today. This list of French discoveries and creations includes items the oboe, the metric system, and the hot air balloon, as well as modern French inventions like the polo shirt and the modern raincoat.

Over the years, historical inventions from France have helped move society forward, enabling humans to hunt, eat, and travel in much more efficient ways. Ancient France inventions have also allowed people to learn more about the world, keep safe from wildlife, and stay healthier longer.

These inventions by French inventors are labeled by era from which they came. Vote for your favorites to move them to the top of the list, and add any that you see missing. 

What are famous French inventions? Take a look here and see for yourself.

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Gothic art is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of French Inventions
Gothic art Mid-12th century

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Oboe, or hautbois is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of French Inventions
Oboe, or hautbois Mid-17th century

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First mechanical metronome is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of French Inventions
First mechanical metronome 1696

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Rococo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of French Inventions
Rococo 18th century

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Clavecin électrique is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of French Inventions
Clavecin électrique 1759

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Gambling games and card games is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of French Inventions
Gambling games and card games 1480

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Photolithography is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of French Inventions
Photolithography 1822

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Daguerreotype is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of French Inventions
Daguerreotype

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Coined photographie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of French Inventions
Coined photographie 1834

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Collotype process is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of French Inventions
Collotype process 1856

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Praxinoscope of Charles-Émile ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of French Inventions
Praxinoscope of Charles-Émile Reynaud 1877

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Cabaret by Rodolphe Salis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of French Inventions
Cabaret by Rodolphe Salis 1881

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Chronophotography is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of French Inventions
Chronophotography 1882

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Cinema is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of French Inventions
Cinema

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Motion picture camera is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of French Inventions
Motion picture camera

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Projector is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of French Inventions

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Cinematograph is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of French Inventions
Cinematograph 1892

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Public screening of cinematogr... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of French Inventions
Public screening of cinematographic films 1895

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Developments of the modern Pia... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of French Inventions
Developments of the modern Piano

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Ondes Martenot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of French Inventions

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Clavioline, an electronic keyb... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of French Inventions
Clavioline, an electronic keyboard instrument 1947

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DivX is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of French Inventions
DivX 1998

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Appert canning jar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of French Inventions
Appert canning jar

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Natural rubber/latex is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of French Inventions
Natural rubber/latex 1736

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Oxygen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of French Inventions

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Hydrogen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of French Inventions
Hydrogen 1783

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The first extensive list of el... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of French Inventions
The first extensive list of elements 1787

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Leblanc process is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of French Inventions
Leblanc process 1791

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Beryllium is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of French Inventions
Beryllium

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Chromium is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of French Inventions
Chromium 1797

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Appertization or Canning is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of French Inventions
Appertization or Canning 1809

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Polyvinyl chloride is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of French Inventions
Polyvinyl chloride 1838

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Photovoltaic effect is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of French Inventions
Photovoltaic effect 1839

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Pasteurization is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of French Inventions
Pasteurization 1862

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Gallium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of French Inventions
Gallium 1875

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Production of Liquid oxygen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of French Inventions
Production of Liquid oxygen 1877

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Artificial silk is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of French Inventions
Artificial silk 1884

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Fluorine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of French Inventions
Fluorine 1886

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Europium is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of French Inventions
Europium 1890

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Viscose is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of French Inventions
Viscose 1891

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Chemical Bleach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of French Inventions
Chemical Bleach

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Polonium is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of French Inventions
Polonium 1898

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Radium is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of French Inventions
Radium 1898

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Neon Sign is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of French Inventions
Neon Sign

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Boron carbide is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of French Inventions
Boron carbide 1899

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Actinium is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of French Inventions
Actinium 1899

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Grignard reaction is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of French Inventions
Grignard reaction 1900

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Laminated glass is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of French Inventions
Laminated glass 1903

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Moissanite is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of French Inventions
Moissanite 1904

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Neon lighting is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of French Inventions
Neon lighting 1910