Inventions List of French Inventions

Wayne Szalinski
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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. 

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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
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