Location: Western Europe

Bordering Countries: Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Italy, Monaco, Spain, Andorra

Capital City: Paris

Other Main Cities: Nice, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Strasbourg, Avignon, Toulouse, Cannes, Montpellier, Dijon, Nantes, Versailles, Saint-Tropez, Annecy, Lourdes

Language(s): French

Population: 66 million+

Religion: Roman Catholic (83-88%), Islam (5-10%), unaffiliated (4%), Judaism (1%)

Currency: Euro

National Airlines: Air France

Known for: The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, seafood, wine, cheese, Champs-Élysées, croissants, snails, baguette, romance, Claude Monet, the language of love, Nestlè, the French Revolution, champagne, cognac, Notre Dam, Coco Chanel, skiing (Val Thorens, Tignes), the Alps, Tour de France, the Da Vinci Code, Longchamp, Mont Blanc, Monaco, Normandy, Arc de-Triomphe, Dijon mustard, vineyards, DisneyLand Paris

Celebrations and Festivals: Bastille Day, La Fête de la Musique, Cirque de Demain (Paris), Carnival (Nice), Lemon Festival (Menton), Kite festival (Berck-Sur-Mer), International Garden Festival (Chateau Chaumont-sur-Loire), Cannes Film Festival, Medieval Festival (Sedan), Fringe Festival (Paris), Carcassone Festival, Pentecost Feria (Nîmes), Festival of Avignon, Mulhouse Beer Festival, The Grape Harvest Festival (Montmarter), Le Salon de Chocolate (Paris), Le Grand Tasting (Paris), Festival of Lights (Lyon)

Fun Facts…

  • The official name of France is The Republic of France
  • French is the second most taught foreign language after English
  • French is the only language, along with English, that is taught in every country in the world
  • France has the highest number of ski resorts
  • The most popular tourist attraction in France is DisneyLand Paris
  • French toast and French fries aren’t actually inventions of the French
  • Approximately 2 new cook books are published in France every day
  • France is the largest country in the EU
  • The first public screening of a movie was by French brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière in 1895
  • Paris Gare du Nord is Europe’s busiest railway station
  • It is against the law to carry any animal under 5kg on a train without a ticket. in 2008, a Frenchman was fined for carrying live snails without paying
  • France is the most visited country in the world