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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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France Tourism Information…

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The Best of France…

Here is a break down 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.    

 
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 PaintingsDune of Pyla
    Reims Reims Cathedral
    Rocamadour
    Somme  WWI Battlefields
     Strasbourg Old Town
    Toulouse
    Verdun WWI Battlefields

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France 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

Climate:

Generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasionally strong, cold, dry north- to-northwesterly wind know as the mistral

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:

230V, 50Hz (European plug C,E)

Telephone Code:

+33

Local Emergency Phone Number:

Ambulance 112, 15; Fire: 112, 18; Police: 112, 17

Internet TLD:

.fr

Time Zone:

CET (UTC+1) / CEST (UTC+2) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March, ends last Sunday in October

Road DrivingSide:

Right

Anthem:

“La Marseillaise”

Motto:

“Liberté, égalité, fraternité” ( “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”)

President:

Emmanuel Macron

Prime Minister:

Édouard Phillppe

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Holidays and Observances in France in 2020…

Date NameTypeDetails
Jan 1WednesdayNew Year’s DayNational holiday 
Mar 20FridayMarch EquinoxSeason 
Mar 29SundayDaylight Saving Time startsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Apr 10FridayGood FridayLocal holidayBas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Moselle
Apr 12SundayEaster SundayObservance 
Apr 13MondayEaster MondayNational holiday 
May 1FridayLabor Day / May DayNational holiday 
May 8FridayWWII Victory DayNational holiday 
May 21ThursdayAscension DayNational holiday 
May 31SundayWhit SundayObservance 
Jun 1MondayWhit MondayNational holiday 
Jun 7SundayMother’s DayObservance 
Jun 20SaturdayJune SolsticeSeason 
Jun 21SundayFather’s DayObservance 
Jul 14TuesdayBastille DayNational holiday 
Aug 15SaturdayAssumption of MaryNational holiday 
Sep 22TuesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason 
Oct 25SundayDaylight Saving Time endsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Nov 1SundayAll Saints’ DayNational holiday 
Nov 11WednesdayArmistice DayNational holiday 
Dec 21MondayDecember SolsticeSeason 
Dec 24ThursdayChristmas EveObservance 
Dec 25FridayChristmas DayNational holiday 
Dec 26SaturdaySt Stephen’s DayLocal holidayBas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Moselle
Dec 31ThursdayNew Year’s EveObservance