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Capital:  Paris
Time Zone: GMT +1 Hour
Population: 64,057,792
Languages: French
Electricity: 230 V, 50 Hz
Currency: Euro - Currently 1 EUR = 1.2345 USD $
Climate: The climate consists of generally cool winters and mild summers, but milder winters and hot summers along the  Mediterranean coast. France has occasional strong, cold and dry north-to-north westerly winds known as the Mistral


At France is a republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories located in North America, the Caribbean, South  America, the southern Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica. France is divided into 27 administrative regions.[59]  22 are in metropolitan France, of which, 21 are on the continental part of metropolitan France. The European territory of  France covers some 547,030 square kilometres (211,209 square miles) based on land mass, France is the 47th largest country  in the world and the largest in Western Europe. Based on population, France is ranked 20th in the world with a population  of 65.8m and the second largest in Western Europe, behind Germany at 81m. Using aggregate household wealth as a measurement, France is the wealthiest nation in Europe and the 4th wealthiest in the world. It is also the most visited  country in the world, receiving some 82 million foreign tourists  every year. France is shaped roughly like a hexagon and  has land with borders eight countries which include, on the south west; Spain and Andorra, and to the south east, Italy. To the east is Switzerland, whilst to the north east is Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium. It also border the tiny principality  of Monaco. Many of France's borders are mountainous, including the borders with Italy and Spain with, respectively, the  Alps and the Pyrenees. Mainland France also enjoys over 3,400 kilometres (2112 miles) of coastline with the North Sea and  English Channel to the north; the Mediterranean Sea on its southern border; and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

France has 37 sites listed in UNESCO's World Heritage List and features cities of high cultural interest such as Paris  (being the foremost), Toulouse, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Lyon and others. It is interesting to note that the Louvre in Paris  is the most visited museum in the world. As can be gathered, France caters for a wide variety of interests, be it history,  culture, modern cities, skiing or sandy beaches. For example, history buffs or lovers of castles may be interested to know  that it is said that there are more than 40,000 castles and chateaus dotted around the French countryside. Some of the most  beautiful and better known include; the Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Chenonceau built on the River Cher, Chateau de  Chambord (the largest in the Loire Valley), Mont St Michel (constructed in the 8th century and located on an island off the North coast of Normandy, Carcassonne (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Chateau de Chantilly and Chateau d'Amboise, which was built some time during the 11th century.

For those that prefer a beach holiday there is the French Mediterranean or French Riviera which is visited by some 10m  tourists per year. It boasts 300 days of sunshine per year, 115km (71 miles) of coastline and beaches, 14 ski resorts, 18  gold courses and over 3000 restaurants. Some of the best beach resorts include; Saint Tropez, Menton, Le Petit Travers,  Cassis, Cap d'Agde, Sete, Cannes, Point Zero, La Grande-Motte and Cote d'Azur. This excludes the French island of Corsica,  which has some 600 miles of coastline with numerous deserted shores and secluded coves. The most popular ski resorts  include; Serre Chevalier, Val d'Isere, Chamonix, Tignes, St Martin-de-Brellville, Meribel, Les Gets, Avoriaz and Aussois.  For small children and adult children alike, there is, of course, Disneyland Paris which is visited by 15m tourists  annually and is actually situated 32km (20 miles) outside Paris, in the holiday and recreation resort in Marne-la-Vallee.

The top 20 cities in France ranked by population (urban zone or conurbation) are; the capital Paris (9.6m), Lyon (1.349m),  Marseille Aix-en-Provence (1.348m), Lille Roubaix-Tourcoing (1m), Toulouse (964k), Nantes (804k), Strasbourg (612k), Toulon (564k), Douai-Lens (552k), Rennes (520k), Grenoble (419k), Rouen (389k), Velenciennes (357k), Nancy (331k), Metz (322k), Tours (297), St Etienne (291k), Montpellier (287k), Rennes (272k) and Orleans (263k).

France has 131 passenger Airports, the most popular of which include; Ajaccio: Campo Dell Oro Aprt (AJA), Avignon: Avignon-Caum Aprt (AVN), Bastia: Poretta Aprt (BIA), Bergerac:, Roumanieres Aprt (EGC), Biarritz: Biarritz Parme Aprt (BIQ), Bordeaux: Bordeaux Aprt (BOD), Brest: Guipavas Aprt (BES), Caen: Carpiquet Aprt (CFR), Calvi: St Catherine Aprt (CLY), Carcassonne: Salvaza Aprt (CCF), Clermont-Ferrand: Aulnat Aprt (CFE), Dinard: Pleurtuit Aprt (DNR), La Rochelle: Laleu Aprt (LRH), Lille: Lesquin Aprt (LIL), Limoges: Bellegarde Aprt (LIG), Lorient: Lann Bihoue Aprt (LRT), Lourdes/Tarbes: Tarbes Ossun Lourdes Aprt (LDE), Lyon: Grenoble-Isere Aprt (GNB), Lyon: Satolas Aprt (LYS), Metz/Nancy: Metz-Nancy-Lorraine Aprt (ETZ), Montpellier: Meditarranee Aprt (MPL), Nantes: Nantes Atlantique Aprt (NTE), Nice: Cte D'Azur Aprt (NCE), Nimes: Garons Aprt (FNI), Paris: Beauvais-Tille Aprt (BVA), Paris: Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG), Paris: Orly Airport (ORY), Pau: Uzein Aprt (PUF), Perpignan: Llabanere Aprt (PGF), Poitiers: Biard Aprt (PIS), Quimper: Pluguffan Aprt (UIP), Rennes: St Jacques Aprt (RNS), Rodez: Marcillac Aprt (RDZ), St Etienne: Boutheon Aprt (EBU), Strasbourg: Entzheim Aprt (SXB), Toulon: Hyeres Aprt (TLN), Toulouse: Blagnac Aprt (TLS), Tours: St Symphorien Aprt (TUF), Saint Tropez: La Mole Aprt (LTT).


General information:

The South of France has a warm Mediterranean climate with hot summers (average temperatures of 27C) and cool winters  (11C). Spring and autumn can bring heavy downpours, but these are short-lived. The Rhone Valley and Provence-Alpes- Cote'dAzur tends to experience strong winds during spring and winter. Northern France, including Paris experiences weather  not dissimilar to southern England, with warm summers (between 20C and 26C from May through October), cold winters and  regular rainfall. Central and eastern France has a more continental climate, characterised by colder winters and warmer  summers than experienced in areas further west. The weather in the French Alps varies from north to south. The northern Alps experiences cold winters occasionally with heavy snowfall. Briancon, in the Alps, has a typical temperature of -2C in January, and 17C in July. The southern Alps including Provence and the Cote D'Azur typically enjoy a more Mediterranean climate, with lots of sunshine, dry weather and clear skies.

In France you drive on the right, however to drive in France you must be 18 years old and have a valid UK driving licence,  insurance and vehicle documents. Failure to comply may lead to a fine and/or the vehicle being impounded. The French road  network includes over 5000 miles of motorways, many of which are toll roads which link the main provincial towns and cities. French roads are generally well maintained. It is compulsory to carry a warning triangle and reflective jacket. The  reflective jacket must be stored inside the vehicle itself, failure to comply can lead to a heavy fine. On 4 January 2012  new legislation regarding driving came into force in France, which substantially increased penalties for a number of  
offences.

Driving regulations differ from those in the UK and it is important to familiarise yourself with the rules of the road. For example, as of 1 July 2012, single use breathalysers will be obligatory in all motor vehicles. Motorists and motorcyclists travelling to France must purchase a kit complying with French regulations and carrying the NF label. Road users are advised to carry at least two breathalysers at all times. In car radar detectors and satellite navigation systems which warn of the presence of speed cameras or radar traps are illegal irrespective of whether or not they are in use. Even SatNav and GPS systems which can show where speed cameras are located are illegal. So, simply put, these types of devices cannot be in your vehicle in any form and with fines of up to 1500 Euros, it's not worth the risk.

It is tempting to drive too fast on some of France's superb road, however, radar traps are commonplace and excess speed can result in heavy, on the spot fines and, potentially, the immediate confiscation of your vehicle and licence. Be aware that urban speed limits begin at the town or city sign (not necessarily where the first 50kph sign is situated) which is usually a white name panel with a red border and the speed limit ends where the name panel has a diagonal black bar through it. Seat belts front and rear are obligatory. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed to travel on  the front seats of vehicles without using a special child restraint, unless there is no rear  seat in the vehicle, or the rear seat is already occupied with children under 10, or there are no seat belts. You must always carry your driving licence, vehicle registration document (V5), and certificate of motor insurance.

If you are visiting France you should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. Whilst the EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, it does entitle you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as French nationals, so if a French national is required to pay a fee towards their treatment, you would also have to pay the same fee.

Many French people, especially in the larger cities and tourist areas speak some English, however the French may appear a  little prickly or distant at first when conversing with English visitors, although this is less prevalent if you have made  an effort to speak a few words of French. The French people do not like to be shouted at in English, so be patient, and speak English slowly and in a normal voice. Tips are generally already included in the price at restaurants and a standard tip for a taxi driver is 10 percent. Porters usually receive 1 Euro per bag.


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