# Why did France switch to the metric system?

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## Why did the French come up with the metric system?

In the second half of the 17th century, French intellectuals devised a metric system now used throughout the world. The French Academy of Science was motivated to create such a system due to commercial, exploration/imperial and scientific requirements of the time.

## Why did we change from imperial to metric?

The metric system is better than imperial so therefore it makes sense to complete the conversion to metric as soon as possible. The metric system is a consistent and coherent system of units. In other words, it fits together very well and calculations are easy because it is decimal.

## When did Europe switch to metric?

In the 19th century, the metric system was adopted by almost all European countries: Portugal (1814); Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg (1820); Switzerland (1835); Spain (1850s); Italy (1861); Romania (1864); Germany (1870, legally from 1 January 1872); and Austria-Hungary (1876, but the law was adopted in 1871).

## What did France use before metric?

Before the Revolution in 1789, France, like most European countries, used weights and measures derived from those of the Romans. The standard weight was the pound of 16 (sometimes 12) ounces which in France was divided further into 8 gros, each of 72 grains.

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## Is France metric or imperial?

The system of measurement used in France, as in the majority of European countries, is the metric system, and temperatures are expressed in degrees Centigrade.

## Why the US should not switch to the metric system?

Expensive. The expense of the U.S. changing over to the metric system translates into changed measurements on all packaged products, starting with food. The change would also impact housing and lot sizes, the measurement of temperatures with the new use of Celsius, and the change of mileage and speed signs.

## Why did Australia go metric?

In 1968, a Select Committee of the Australian Senate chaired by Keigh Laught examined metric “Weights and Measures” and came to the unanimous conclusion that it was both practical and desirable for Australia to change to the metric system.

## Why does UK still use miles?

Since 1995, goods sold in Europe have had to be weighed or measured in metric, but the UK was temporarily allowed to continue using the imperial system. This opt-out was due to expire in 2009, with only pints of beer, milk and cider and miles and supposed to survive beyond the cut-off.