Did you know? France invented metric system

Replicas of the 1799 metre (in original case) and kilogram measures

A weighty issue

The metric system, which is used the world over, apart from the USA, Burma and Liberia, was invented in France and was a direct result of the Revolution. France remains the world centre for deciding just how we work out how long and how heavy everything is, as the International Bureau for Weights and Measurements is in Paris.

Before the Revolution, weights and measures varied not ...

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