Does Anybody Know?

Why are French webpages using a passage from Ammianus Marcellinus‘ history, Res Gestae, as their filler text equivalent to Cicero’s “lorem ipsum”?

(It’s Book 14, Chapter 2, starting with “Nec sane haec sola pernicies orientem diversis cladibus adfligebat. Namque et Isauri….”)

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