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.
Gothic artMid-12th century
Oboe, or hautboisMid-17th century
First mechanical metronome1696
- 18th century
Gambling games and card games1480
Praxinoscope of Charles-Émile Reynaud1877
Cabaret by Rodolphe Salis1881
Motion picture camera
Public screening of cinematographic films1895
Developments of the modern Piano
Clavioline, an electronic keyboard instrument1947
Appert canning jar