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Geography Statistics of France

  • Coastline: 3,427 km (2,129 miles) (includes coastal islands, but excludes all overseas administrative divisions)
  • Land Area:
    (land) 247,124 sq miles (640,053 sq km)
    (water) 1,303 sq miles (3,374 sq km)
    (TOTAL) 248,427 sq miles (643,427 sq km)

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  • Land Area: (all countries)
  • Land Divisions: There are 22 regions in France. They are: Alsace, Aquitaine, Auvergne, Basse-Normandie, Bourgogne, Bretagne, Centre-Val de Loire, Champagne-Ardenne, Corse, Franche-Comte, Haute-Normandie, Ile-de-France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limousin, Lorraine, Midi-Pyrenees, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pays de la Loire, Picardie, Poitou-Charentes, Provence-Alpes Cote d'Azur and Rhone-Alpes
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  • Regions: (largest by population) Ile-de-France, 11,371,000 (2006 est)
  • Regions: (largest) Midi-Pyrenees, 45,348 sq km
  • Horizontal Width: 922 km (572 miles) from Brest east to Strasbourg
  • Vertical Length: 959 km (595 miles) from Calais south to the border with Andorra

    Note: Lengths and widths are point-to-point, straight-line measurements from a Mercator map projection, and will vary some using other map projections
  • Bordering Countries: (8) Andorra, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Monaco
  • Geographic Center: About 45.7 km (28.4 miles) southeast of the city of Tours
  • Highest Point: Mount Blanc, 4,807 m (15,770 ft)
  • Lowest Point: Rhone River delta along the Mediterranean Sea, -2 m (-6.5 ft)
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • Relative Location

France Photographs

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A mountain peak in the French Alps

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Topography of France

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France metropolitan regions & their capitals

Region Capital Quick Reference
Alsace Strasbourg Alsace
Aquitaine Bordeaux Aquitaine
Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne
Brittany Rennes Brittany
Burgundy Dijon Burgundy
Centre-Val de Loire Orleans Centre-Val de Loire
Champagne-Ardenne Chalons-en-Champagne Champagne-Ardenne
Corsica Ajaccio Corsica
Franche-Comte Besancon Franche-Comte
Ile-de-France Paris Ile-de-France
Languedoc-Roussillon Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon
Limousin Limoges Limousin
Lorraine Metz Lorraine
Lower Normandy Caen Lower Normandy
Midi-Pyrenees Toulouse Midi-Pyrenees
Nord-Pas-de-Calais Lille Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Pays-de-la-Loire Nantes Pays-de-la-Loire
Picardy Amiens Picardy
Poitou-Charentes Poitiers Poitou-Charentes
Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur Marseille Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur
Rhone-Alpes Lyon Rhone-Alpes
Upper Normandy Rouen Upper Normandy

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