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France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-7, the G-20, the EU, and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO’s integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing DE GAULLE’s 1966 decision to withdraw French forces from NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities – French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion – became French regions and were made part of France proper.

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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

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 Brittany

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 Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

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 Centre-Val de Loire

  • Cities: Blois, Bourges, Chartres, Chinon, Maintenon, Orléans, Tours
  • Towns: Amboise, Nogent-le-Rotrou, Vendôme
  • Villages: Nançay, Saint-Benoît-du-Sault
  • Others Sights & Attractions: Parc Régional du Perche
    • ChâteausAngers, Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Blois, Chambord, Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chenonceau ,Cheverny, Chinon , Langeais , Loches ,Montreuil-Bellay, Montsoreau, Rivau ,Saumur ,Ussé ,Valencay Villandry

 Corsica

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 Grand Est

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 Hauts-de-France

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 Ile de France

PARIS

  • Central Paris
    • 1st Arrondissement: (Musée du Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries, Place Vendôme, Les Halles, Palais Royal, Comédie-Française, théatre du Châtelet, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel,  Île de la Cité).
    • 2nd Arondissement :  (the Bourse, Opéra-Comique, Théâtre des Variétés, Passage des Panoramas, Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens Bibliothèque Nationale).
    • 3rd Arondissement: (Archives Nationales, Musée Carnavalet, Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers, Hôtel de Soubise, the Marais).
    • 4th Arondissement: (Notre-Dame de Paris, Hôtel de Ville (Paris city hall), Hôtel de Sully, Beaubourg, Rue des Rosiers, Le Marais, Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville, Mémorial de la Shoah, Centre Georges Pompidou, l’atelier Brancusi, Place des Vosges, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, Saint-Jacques Tower, Île Saint-Louis, Île de la Cité).
  • Left Bank
    • 5th Arondissement: (the Latin Quarter, Jardin des Plantes, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Musée de Cluny, the Panthéon, La Sorbonne, Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, Église Saint-Séverin, La Grande Mosquée, Le Musée de l’AP-HP).
    • 6th Arondissement: (Jardin du Luxembourg & Sénat, Place Saint-Michel, Église Saint-Sulpice, Saint-Germain-des-Prés).
    • 7th Arondissement: (Tour Eiffel, Parc du Champ de Mars, Les Invalides, Musée d’Orsay, Assemblée nationale, École Militaire, Musée du quai Branly, Le Bon Marché).
  • Inner Paris 
    • 8th Arondissement:(Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, le Palais de l’Élysée, Église de la Madeleine,Jacquemart-André Museum, Gare Saint-Lazare, Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Boulevard Haussman).
    • 9th Arondissement: (Opéra Garnier, Galeries Lafayette, Musée Grévin, Folies Bergère, Boulevard Haussman).
  • East Paris
    • 10th Arondissement: (Canal Saint-Martin, Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, Porte Saint-Denis, Porte Saint-Martin, Passage Brady, Passage du Prado, and Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul).
    • 11th Arondissement: (Rue Oberkampf, Bastille, Nation, New Jewish Quarter, Cirque d’Hiver, Église Saint-Ambroise).
    • 12th Arondissement: (Opéra Bastille, Bercy Park and Village, AccorHotels Arena, Promenade Plantée, Quartier d’Aligre, Gare de Lyon, Cimetière de Picpus, Viaduc des arts, the Bois de Vincennes, Zoo de Vincennes).
  • South Paris
    • 13th Arondissement: (Asian Quarter, Place d’Italie, La Butte-aux-Cailles, Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF), Gare d’Austerlitz, Manufacture des Gobelins, the Olympiades, the Tolbiac district, Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital).
    • 14th Arondissement: (Cimetière du Montparnasse, Gare Montparnasse, La Santé Prison, Denfert-Rochereau, Parc Montsouris, Stade Charléty, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris).
    • 15th Arondissement: (Tour Montparnasse, Porte de Versailles, Front de Seine, La Ruche, Parc André Citroën, Aquaboulevard and quartiers Saint-Lambert, Necker, Grenelle and Javel).
  • West Paris
    • 16th Arondissement: (Palais de Chaillot, Musée de l’Homme, the Bois de Boulogne, Cimetière de Passy, Parc des Princes, Musée Marmottan-Monet, Trocadéro, Maison de la Radio, and Avenue Foch).
    • 17 Arondissement: (Palais des Congrès, Place de Clichy, Parc Monceau, Marché Poncelet, and Square des Batignolles).
  • Paris Hills
    • 18th Arondissement: (Montmartre, Pigalle, Barbès, Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, Église Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre, and Goutte d’Or).
    • 19th Arondissement: (Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Parc de la Villette, Bassin de la Villette, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Cité de la Musique, Canal de l’Ourcq, Canal Saint-Denis).
    • 20th Arondissement: (Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, Parc de Belleville, and quartiers Belleville, Ménilmontant).
  • Towns:  Fontainebleau, La Défense, Marne-la-Vallée, Provins, Roissy, Saint-Denis, Versailles
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 Normandy

  • Cities: Caen, Le Harve, Rouen, Saint-Lô
  • Towns: Avranches, Bayeux, Cherbourg, Deauville, Étretat, Évreux, Falaise , Granville, Honfleur, Les Andelys, Lisieux, Ouistreham, Sainte-Mère-Église, Vire
  • Villages: Arromanches-les-Bains, Dieppe, Sallenelles,  Trouville-sur-Mer
  • Others Sights & Attractions: Abbaye aux Hommes and Saint-Étienne, Alabaster Coast, American Cemetery Château de Balleroy , Château de Gaillon, Château Gaillard, Dukes’ Castle, Étretat Cliffs, Giverny, Le Mont Saiont-Michel, Seine Valley
    • D-Day Beaches – Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha, Utah, American Cemetery (Colleville-sur-Mer), Pointe-du-Hoc

 Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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 Occitanie

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 Pays de la Loire

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 Provence Alpes-Côte d’Azur

  • CitiesMarseille, Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon, Cannes, Nice, Toulon
  • Towns: Antibes, Hyéres, Menton, Orange, Saint Rémy-de-Provence, Saint-Tropez
  • Villages: Éze, Gordes, Les Baux-de-Provence, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Saint-Paul de Vence
  • Others Sights & AttractionsCamargue. French Alps, French Riviera, Îles d’Hyères, Luberon, Mercantour National Park, Mont Ventoux, Verdon Gorge
 
Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.    
  • The Alps- Savoie
    • Annecy
    • Les Arch
    • Courchevel
    • La Plagne
    • Val d’Isere
  • Amiens Cathedral
  • Annecy
  • Bordeaux
  • Biarritz
  • Brittany
    • St. Malo
  • Burgundy
    • Beaune
    • Dijon
  • Carcassonne
  • Chamonix – 
    • Mt. Blanc
  • Chateau de Chantilly
  • Champagne
    • Epernay
  • Colmar
  • Dijon
  • Dordogne
  • Le Puy-en-Velay
    • Nantes
  • Lyon Old Town – Vieux Lyon
  • Millau Bridge
  • Montignac
    • Lascaux II Prehistoric Cave Paintings
  • Dune of Pyla
  • Reims
    • Reims Cathedral
  • Rocamadour
  • Somme 
    • WWI Battlefields
  •  Strasbourg
    • Old Town
  • Toulouse
  • Verdun
    • WWI Battlefields

 
Country Information..
 
Capital Paris
Largest City Paris
Government Unitary Semi Presidential Constitutional Republic
Currency Euro (€)
Area total:640,679km – ranked 43rd water: 3,374km land: 640,427km
Population 66,836,154 ranked 22nd
Language French (official) 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)
Ethnic Groups Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities
Religion Christian (overwhelmingly Roman Catholic) 63-66%, Muslim 7-9%, Buddhist 0.5-0.75%, Jewish 0.5-0.75%, other 0.5-1.0%, none 23-28%
Electricity 220..230V, 50Hz. Outlets: CEE7/5 (protruding male earth pin), accepting CEE 7/5 (Grounded), CEE 7/7 (Grounded) or CEE 7/16 (non-grounded) plugs
Country code +33
Internet TLD .fr
Time Zone / Summer (DST) CET (UTC+1) / CEST (UTC+2)
Drives on the Right
Anthem “La Marseillaise”
Motto “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” (French)“Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”
President Emmanuel Macron
Prime Minister Édouard Phillppe
Holidays and Observances in France in 2020
Date   Name Type Details
Jan 1 Wednesday New Year’s Day National holiday  
Mar 20 Friday March Equinox Season  
Mar 29 Sunday Daylight Saving Time starts Clock change/Daylight Saving Time  
Apr 10 Friday Good Friday Local holiday Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Moselle
Apr 12 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance  
Apr 13 Monday Easter Monday National holiday  
May 1 Friday Labor Day / May Day National holiday  
May 8 Friday WWII Victory Day National holiday  
May 21 Thursday Ascension Day National holiday  
May 31 Sunday Whit Sunday Observance  
Jun 1 Monday Whit Monday National holiday  
Jun 7 Sunday Mother’s Day Observance  
Jun 20 Saturday June Solstice Season  
Jun 21 Sunday Father’s Day Observance  
Jul 14 Tuesday Bastille Day National holiday  
Aug 15 Saturday Assumption of Mary National holiday  
Sep 22 Tuesday September Equinox Season  
Oct 25 Sunday Daylight Saving Time ends Clock change/Daylight Saving Time  
Nov 1 Sunday All Saints’ Day National holiday  
Nov 11 Wednesday Armistice Day National holiday  
Dec 21 Monday December Solstice Season  
Dec 24 Thursday Christmas Eve Observance  
Dec 25 Friday Christmas Day National holiday  
Dec 26 Saturday St Stephen’s Day Local holiday Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Moselle
Dec 31 Thursday New Year’s Eve Observance