French power sockets have a protruding ground. Why did they make this decision?
I can't see any major benefits from it, it saves some pennies on each power cord, but it exposes the ground connection to people nearby, which can be dangerous as in real life grounds are not perfect, they can have a live voltage and are a risk of electric shock if there's lightning nearby.
Once someone told me they are safer because the ground connects first, but this is also nonsense as the order of connection depends on the size of the plugs alone and not where they are.
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