Like many countries in the world, France has its superstitions. I think that five of them are still very present nowadays and if you mention them to the French, they will know exactly what you’re talking about. So, here are our top 3 popular beliefs:
1. The number 13 can be seen as a bad or a good thing. In France, some streets don’t have the number 13 because of the myth that this number is cursed. On the other side, the lottery takes advantage of the number 13. Every Friday 13th, there is a special jackpot. Some people think that this day may bring them luck.
2. Breaking a mirror brings seven years of bad luck. If you break a mirror, you’ll always find someone who’ll remind you “Oh, seven years of bad luck…”
3. Some people think that walking under a ladder is not a good thing. This superstition is very old. A ladder leaning on a wall forms a triangle (and this triangle is considered as a Trinity symbol). If you walk under the ladder, you break this triangle. That’s why some people avoid doing that. It is also because if a ladder is leaning on a wall, it means that somebody is working on the top of it so, it also means that a tool may fall on them… There is a French proverb suited to that: “Prudence est mère de sûreté” (it means that caution is the best thing for safety).
I would like to conclude on a positive note: the four-leaf clover, that was rare before, is still seen as a very special thing. It’s said that it brings luck so, if you find one…