|Land Area||640,427 km2|
|Water Area||3,374 km2|
|Total Area||643,801km2 (#42)|
|Government Type||Semi-presidential Republic|
|GDP (PPP)||$2,700.00 Billion|
|GDP Per Capita||$42,400|
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ATTRACTIONS: (a few major)
Additional points-of-interest in France include Saint Malo and the rugged coastline of Brittany, Corsica, Chateau De Versailles, Euro Disney Land, the stunning Loire Valley, the French Alps and Pyrenees, the Cote d'Azur and the Mediterranean cities of Cannes and Nice.
France is renowned for its architecture, art, cinema, cuisine, fashion, literature, music and wine.
CONVENTION AND VISITOR BUREAUS:
- Calling Code: 33
- Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
- Drive on the: Right
- Times to Travel: France enjoys a moderate climate with regional and obvious seasonal variations. Most travelers agree that the late spring and early summer months are the best time to visit France, as the weather is consistently at its best. The sea is warm enough for swimming between June and September, and as early as May along the Cote d'Azur.
In August most locals escape the city heat and take their month-long vacations. The beaches and mountains are subsequently packed, and many shops and restaurants are closed during this period.
Fall and early winters are often quite pleasant along the Bay of Biscay and Mediterranean Sea coastlines. The ski season runs between December and April, and the world class resorts in the Alps and Pyrenees are popular destinations.
TOURISM SITES AND LINKS:
- Aix Les Bains Guide (French)
- Bordeaux Guide
- Brittany Region Tourism
- Cannes Film Festival
- Cannes Travel Guide
- Chateau de Versailles
- Eiffel Tower
- Euro Disney (Disneyland Paris)
- France Monthly (Travel Database)
- France Mountains (Skiing, Hiking)
- French Alps
- French Riviera (Cote d'Azur)
- French Tourist Office
- Grenoble Tourism
- Musee d'Orsay
- Nice Travel Guide
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- Provence Travel Guide
- Pyrenees National Park (French)
- South France Travel Guide
- UNESCO Sites
- Via France (Guide to Cultural Events) (French)
- Western France Tourist Board
PASSPORTS - TRAVEL VISAS - WARNINGS:
- NOTE: Before making your travel plans to any worldwide destination, we strongly recommend you authenticate important details regarding all applicable health, passport and visa requirments. The people at Travel Visa Pro can answer all of your questions!
What are the Biggest Industries in France?
One of the major industries in France is the energy sector. Manufacturing is also among the largest industries in France, accounting for billions of dollars in the country's GDP.
The Biggest Industries in France
What Do the Colors of the French Flag Mean?
Red, white and blue have come to represent liberty, equality and fraternity - the ideals of the French Revolution. Blue and red are also the time-honored colors of Paris, while white is the color of the Royal House of Bourbon.
How Did the French Flag Come to Be?
How Did Paris Get Its Name?
Paris is named after Parisii tribe that inhabited the region from the mid-third century BC.
How Did Paris Get Its Name?
Where the World's Most Visited Countries?
France receives more visitors than any other country in the world, with an average of 82 million visitors per year. Tied for second place is the United States and SPain, each with 75.6 million visitors.
The World's Most Visited Countries
What is a Puppet Government?
A "puppet state" is a government that has little will of its own, as it needs financial backing or military support. Thus, it acts an a subordinate to another power in exchange for its own survival. The puppet government still holds its own facade of an identity, perpetuated by retaining its own flag, name, national anthem, law, and constitution. However, these type of governments are not considered as legitimate according to international law.