France: Travel Guide

Did you know that:

  • The most visited country in the world with 83 million recorded visitor per year
  • France is the country that invented the licence plate on motor vehicles
  • There are more french-speaking people in Africa than in France alone
  • This nation can be also referred to as l’hexagone (‘the hexagon’) for its 6 sided shape

Location

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Regions

French Regions

French Regions

Major Cities

Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseilles, Lille, Toulouse, Strasbourg

Culture / customes

France is more than just Paris, the City of Lights which is associated with being the centre of fashion, cuisine and art. Just like any nation, France’s culture varies from region to region.

The French people are very proud of their nation and are typically offended by any negative coments about France.

Liberté, Egalité (meaning equality), Fraternité, are the country’s motto.

In France, business is conducted very slowly and one must display a great amount of patience to retain positive relationships.

Visa for a short term stay

The Schengen visa is required for Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland that will allow the holder of one to travel flexible through these countries.

Special attributes / uniqueness

France is the largest country in Europe in regards to area.

The Canal du Midi chanal is the oldest one in Europe which is still in use today, construction started in 1666 and completed in 1681.

The Lourve in Paris is known to be the world’s largest castle and palace covering a total area of 210,000 square metres, compared to Buckingham Palace with 77,000 or the Apostolic Palace  in the Vactian with 162,000 square metres.

Its form of government has changed 9 times including 2 empires and 2 monarchies.

National Festivals

  • Cirque de Demain
  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Bastille Day
  • Le Salon de Chocolate
  • The Festival of Lights

Currency

Euro

Current weather

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British Embassy: (addresses in major cities)

Paris Eiffel Tower

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