France

Eminent artists, writers, foodies and yes the bon vivants have all been put under the intoxicating spell of France. Bordered by six countries Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy to the southeast and Spain to the southwest and The United Kingdom the country is considered to be the gateway to Europe as there are several large international airports (two of these can be found in Paris), ferry terminals and the French rail service.

France is the most diverse and exciting country in Europe to explore. Here travellers relish with a blend of man-made and natural enchanting attractions like nowhere else in Europe. Including the natural beauty, the amazing climate, outdoor recreational activities such as golf courses, art museums and galleries and so much more there are many different activities that outline the history of the country which are enjoyable to visitors, especially considering its turbulent past. Along with these things, France is enjoyed and well-known for its cuisine and wines. It is easy to say that French people love to cook and love their food. Meals in France are joyous, long events with families drawn close together for conversation.

People in France are courteous and very formal. People in the country are also known for being chic, taking great pride in their personal appearance and clothing. Some countries view France as an arrogant country because of these characteristics, although those in the country attribute this to simply being fashionable and cautious of the appearance.

Basic Information

Official Name: French Republic
Capital City: Paris
Time Zones: UTC +1, Summer UTC +2

Currency

The France currency unit is Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents

Boundaries

Bordered to the English Channel (La Manche) in northwest, to the northeast by Belgium and Luxembourg, to the east by Germany, Switzerland and Italy, to the south by the Mediterranean (with Monaco as a coastal enclave between Nice and the Italian frontier), to the southwest by Spain and Andorra, and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The country’s loose six-sided shape means it often gets referred to by the informal nickname ‘L’Hexagone’.

Languages

French

Climate

France has a pleasant climate with long hot summers and cool winters. Summer (June-August) is the peak season, when it is warm and sunny across much of the country. Southern France remains mild throughout spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October), which are decidedly quieter times to visit. The crowds return during the ski season (December-March), packing out resorts in the Alps and Pyrenees, which offers excellent conditions for skiing.

Major Religions

The France population is 63-66% Christian, 7-9% Muslim,0.5-0.75% Buddhist, 0.5-0.75% Jewish, 0.5-1.0% other 23-28% are atheist.

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