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France Flag France is a country principally located in western Europe, but also includes territories, islands and regions in other continents around the world. The European part of the country, which is known as Metropolitan France, consists of the mainland and Mediterranean island of Corsica. The mainland has coasts on the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea, and has land borders with Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain, and Switzerland, as well as being connected to the UK via the Channel Tunnel. The overseas departments and territories of France are, for the most part, island groups in the Atlantic, Indian or Pacific Oceans, but they do have land borders with Brazil and Suriname (French Guiana), as well as the the Netherlands Antilles (Saint Martin).

The population of France was an estimated 64,102,140 as of 2007. Of these, 61,538,322 lived in Metropolitan France. The capital of the country, Paris, was the largest city, and had a population in excess of 2.1 million.

Map of France

France is one of the world's leading economic powers, and has a modern developed economy. The country's economy is based around a mix of private enterprise and government intervention, although the amount of government intervention in the economy has been on a gradual downward trend over the last few years. France has traditionally been a strong supporter of European integration, is a key member of the European Union, and having adopted the Euro currency, is a member of Euro zone.

As a tourist destination, France is very popular. There are many historic sites in the country (the capital Paris is particularly noted for its culture and history), as well as excellent beach and ski resorts.

France Country Details


Country Name France
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Western Europe (but with overseas territories around the world)
Flag France Flag
Principal Language French
Capital Paris
Major Towns/Cities
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Amiens
  • Angers
  • Argenteuil
  • Besançon
  • Bordeaux
  • Boulogne-Billancourt
  • Brest
  • Caen
  • Clermont-Ferrand
  • Dijon
  • Grenoble
  • Le Havre
  • Le Mans
  • Lille
  • Limoges
  • Lyon
  • Marseille
  • Metz
  • Montpellier
  • Montreuil
  • Mulhouse
  • Nîmes
  • Nancy
  • Nantes
  • Nice
  • Orléans
  • Paris (Capital)
  • Perpignan
  • Reims
  • Rennes
  • Rouen
  • Saint-Étienne
  • Saint-Denis
  • Strasbourg
  • Toulon
  • Toulouse
  • Tours
  • Villeurbanne


  • Web Sites about France


    Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
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    Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, Paris, France

    Books about France


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    Rick Steves France 2019
    By Rick Steves

    Rick Steves
    Released: 2019-01-15
    Paperback (1246 pages)

    Rick Steves France 2019
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    Wander the lavender fields of Provence, climb the Eiffel Tower, and bite into a perfect croissant: with Rick Steves on your side, France can be yours!

    Inside Rick Steves France 2019 you'll find:

    • Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip to France
    • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
    • Top sights and hidden gems, from the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles to neighborhood restaurants and delicate macarons
    • How to connect with local culture: Stroll through open-air markets in Paris, practice your French with locals, or bike between rustic villages and vineyards
    • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
    • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax over a vin rouge
    • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums
    • Vital trip-planning tools, like how to link destinations, build your itinerary, and get from place to place
    • Detailed maps, including a fold-out map for exploring on the go
    • Useful resources including a packing list, French phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading
    • Over 1,000 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
    • Annually updated information on Paris, Chartres, Normandy, Mont St-Michel, Brittany, The Loire, Dordogne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence, The French Riviera, Nice, Monaco, The French Alps, Burgundy, Lyon, Alsace, Reims, Verdun, and much more
    Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves France 2019.

    Planning a one- to two-week trip? Check out Rick Steves Best of France.
    Lonely Planet France (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Alexis Averbuck, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Gregor Clark, Catherine Le Nevez, Daniel Robinson, Anita Isalska & Greg Ward

    Lonely Planet
    Released: 2019-03-01
    Paperback (1024 pages)

    Lonely Planet France (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*

    Lonely Planet’s France is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Grab a café crème at a Parisian sidewalk cafe, take in glacial panoramas above Chamonix and explore the Champagne-soaked city of Reims – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of France and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet’s France:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, people, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics
    • Covers Paris, Lille, Flanders, the Somme, Normandy, Brittany, Champagne, Alsace, Lorraine, the Loire Valley, Burgundy, Lyon, the French Alps, Basque Country, the Pyrenees, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence, Corsica and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s France is our most comprehensive guide to France, and is perfect for discovering both popular and offbeat experiences.

    Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet’s Paris for an in-depth look at all the capital has to offer, or our Provence & the Cote d’Azur, Brittany & Normandy, and Corsica regional guides.

    About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

    ‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times

    ‘Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia)

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    Fodor's Essential France (Full-color Travel Guide)
    By Fodor's Travel Guides

    FODORS
    Released: 2017-03-14
    Paperback (832 pages)

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    Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for more than 80 years. Unforgettable artwork, heavenly villages, and dream cities--there are so many reasons to visit France that deciding where to go and what to do can be a bit overwhelming. Fodor's Essential France takes the guesswork out of choosing the perfect French experiences by compiling the top choices chosen by Fodor's army of France-based writers. This travel guide includes: · Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout map with essential Paris information · Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks · Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path · In-depth breakout features on Provence's fields of lavender, the wine cellars of Champagne, and Mont-St-Michel's medieval glory · Side trips from Paris including Chartres, Versailles, and Monet's Garden   · Coverage of Paris Neighbourhoods, Western Ile-de-France, Eastern Ile-de-France, Loire Valley, and Grenoble Planning to focus on just part of France? Check out Fodor's travel guides to Paris and Provence & the French Riviera.
    Lonely Planet Best of France (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Kerry Christiani, Damian Harper, Christopher Pitts, Regis St Louis & Anita Isalska

    Lonely Planet
    Paperback (324 pages)

    Lonely Planet Best of France (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*

    Lonely Planet’s Best of France is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Embrace the sights and sounds of Paris, sample tangy olives at the weekly market in Provence and explore the vineyards of Champagne – all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of France and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet’s Best of France:

    • Full-colour images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, art, food, wine, sport, politics
    • Free, convenient pull-out map (included in print version), plus easy-to-use colour maps to help you navigate
    • Covers Paris, Loire Valley, Normandy, Brittany, Champagne, Lyon, Provence, Nice, St Tropez, Marseille, Bordeaux, the French Alps and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s Best of France is filled with inspiring and colourful photos, and focuses on France’s most popular attractions for those wanting to experience the best of the best.

    Looking for a more comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all the country has to offer? Check out Lonely Planet’s France guide.

    Looking for a guide to Paris? Check out Lonely Planet’s Paris for an in-depth look at all the capital has to offer.

    About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

    ‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times

    ‘Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia)

    *Source: Nielsen BookScan: Australia, UK, USA, 5/2016-4/2017

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide France
    By DK Travel

    DK Eyewitness Travel
    Released: 2018-04-17
    Paperback (672 pages)

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide France
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    With superb photography, illustrations, and maps, this easy-to-use travel guide leads you to the best of France, one of the world's leading destinations for culture, fine food, and wine.

    This guide will show you the wide range of sights that France has to offer, from the beautiful cities of Paris, Lille, and Nice filled with art galleries and historic sights; the châteaux of the Loire Valley and the remarkable Mont-St.-Michel; to the beauty of the Pyrenees and Alps, Brittany beaches, the glamorous French Riviera, and Corsica's wild landscape. Learn about regional French cuisines and wines, architecture, art, and literature. This "mini-encyclopedia of France" also has practical tips on how to get around, entertainment, shopping, and the best restaurants, cafés, and places to stay.

    With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: France truly shows you this city as no one else can.
    Fodor's Essential France (Full-color Travel Guide)
    By Fodor's Travel Guides

    Fodor's Travel
    Paperback (816 pages)

    Fodor s Essential France (Full-color Travel Guide)
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    Whether you want to climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris, sip wine in Burgundy, or indulge in French cuisine in Lyon, the local Fodor’s travel experts in France are here to help! Fodor’s Essential France is part of the award-winning Fodor’s Essential series recognized by Booklist as the “Best Travel Guide in 2019.” This guidebook is packed with maps, carefully curated recommendations, and everything else you need to simplify your trip-planning process and make the most of your time.

    This new edition has been FULLY-REDESIGNED with an easy-to-read layout, fresh information, and beautiful color photos.

    GET INSPIRED

      • AN ILLUSTRATED ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE to the top things to see and do

      • PHOTO-FILLED “BEST OF” FEATURES on France’s Best Museums, France’s Best Small Towns, and France’s Best Cathedrals and Churches.

      • COLOR PHOTOS throughout to spark your wanderlust!

      • UP-TO-DATE and HONEST RECOMMENDATIONS covering the most recommended sights, restaurants, hotels, nightlife, shopping, performing arts, activities, and more

    GET PLANNING

      • MULTIPLE ITINERARIES to effectively organize your days and maximize your time

      • SPECIAL FEATURES on The Louvre and Versailles

      • COVERS: Paris, Versailles, Normandy, Burgundy, Lyon, the French Alps, Provence, the French Riviera, Nice, Marseilles, Monaco, Corsica, Bordeaux, and more.

    GET GOING

      • MORE THAN 70 DETAILED MAPS AND A FREE PULLOUT MAP to navigate confidently

      • TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS AND PRACTICAL TIPS on when to go, getting around, beating the crowds, and saving time and money

      • HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL INSIGHTS that provide rich context on the politics, art, architecture, cuisine, geography, and more

      • LOCAL WRITERS who will help you find the under-the-radar gems

      • FRENCH LANGUAGE PRIMER with useful words and essential phrases

    Planning on spending more time in France? Check out Fodor’s Paris and Fodor’s Provence and the French Riviera.

    ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor’s has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years. For more travel inspiration, you can sign up for our travel newsletter at fodors.com/newsletter/signup, or follow us @FodorsTravel on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We invite you to join our friendly community of travel experts at fodors.com/community to ask any other questions and share your experience with us!

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The digital edition of this guide does not contain all the images and the pull out map included in the physical edition.

    Frommer's France (Complete Guides)
    By Jane Anson, Mary Anne Evans, Mary Novakovich, Louise Simpson & Simon Willmore

    FrommerMedia
    Released: 2018-10-23
    Paperback (823 pages)

    Frommer s France (Complete Guides)
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    Take the guesswork out of vacation planning. Frommer’s hires only seasoned experts, journalists who live in France either full-time or part-time, which means their advice doesn’t have to be second-guessed. It’s savvy, dependable, and not based on one or two short trips to France, but on a lifetime of exploration. They offer a detail- and tip-rich commentary on France’s iconic sights, and will introduce you to restaurants, off-the-beaten-path attractions, and shops that few tourists know to visit. So whether you’re going to be castle-hopping in the Loire Valley, skiing the French Alps, lounging on the sands of the French Riviera, tippling at Bordeaux wineries, or taking Paris by storm, this book is for you. Vive La France!



    Frommer’s France contains:



    *Dozens of stunning, full-color photos throughout



    *Helpful maps, including a fully-detachable fold-out map



    *Strategic itineraries, including for families and weeklong stays, so you can make the most of your time



    *Authentic experiences to help you appreciate French culture, cuisine, historic sights and customs like a local



    *Candid reviews of the best restaurants, attractions, tours, shops, and experiences―and advice on the ones not worth your time and money



    *Accurate, up-to-date info on transportation, useful websites, costs, telephone numbers, and more



    *Budget-planning help with the lowdown on prices and ways to save money, whether you’re traveling on a shoestring or in the lap of luxury



    About Frommer’s: There’s a reason that Frommer’s has been the most trusted name in travel for more than sixty years. Arthur Frommer created the best-selling guide series in 1957 to help American servicemen fulfill their dreams of travel in Europe, and since then, we have published thousands of titles became a household name helping millions upon millions of people realize their own dreams of seeing our planet. Travel is easy with Frommer’s.

    The D-Day Visitor's Handbook: Your Guide to the Normandy Battlefields and WWII Paris
    By Kevin Dennehy

    SKYHORSE
    Released: 2019-04-30
    Paperback (192 pages)

    The D-Day Visitor s Handbook: Your Guide to the Normandy Battlefields and WWII Paris
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    For families of the heroes who fought on the beaches of Normandy during World War II, for fans of Saving Private Ryan, or for traveler interested in history, here is the complete guide to visiting one of the world’s most historic battlefields.

    The D-Day Visitor’s Handbook includes everything you need to know to plan and make your visit to the site of the biggest seaborne invasion in history. This compact guidebook not only describes the most significant land invasion of World War II, but provides detailed battlefield maps and tours, identifies monuments and attractions, and locates museums and historical sites to make your planning easier and less stressful.

    This guide provides everything you need ahead of your visit, including:
    • Easy-to-follow maps and tours
    • Where to stay, dine, and shop
    • Lists of the best D-Day museums
    • How to find war relics still at the battlefield sites
    • Historical context for each site, including a description of military action there
    • A special bonus guide to World War II history and sites in Paris

    The D-Day Visitor’s Handbook contains a wealth of detailed information that is perfect for those considering travelling to France, anyone about to visit these sites, veterans, students of military history, and any others who wish to learn about the history of this legendary battle.
    Fodor's Paris 2020 (Full-color Travel Guide)
    By Fodor's Travel Guides

    Fodor's Travel
    Released: 2019-10-29
    Paperback (384 pages)

    Fodor s Paris 2020 (Full-color Travel Guide)
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    Ready to experience Paris? The experts at Fodor’s are here to help. Fodor’s Paris 2020 travel guide is packed with customizable itineraries with top recommendations, detailed maps of Paris, and exclusive tips from locals. Whether you want to walk to the top of the Eiffel Tower, explore the Louvre, or stroll down the Champs-Élysées, this user-friendly guidebook will help you plan it all out. Our local writers vet every recommendation to ensure that you not only make the most of your time, but that you also have all the most up-to-date and essential information you need to plan the perfect trip.

    This new edition has been FULLY-REDESIGNED with a new layout and beautiful images for more intuitive travel planning!

    Fodor’s Paris includes:

      • AN ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE GUIDE that visually captures the top highlights of Paris.
      • SPECTACULAR COLOR PHOTOS AND FEATURES throughout, including special features on the Louvre and Versailles.
      • INSPIRATIONAL “BEST OF” LISTS identify the best things to see, do, eat, drink, and more.
      • MULTIPLE ITINERARIES for various trip lengths help you maximize your time.
      • MORE THAN 25 DETAILED MAPS AND A FREE PULLOUT MAP help you plot your itinerary and navigate confidently.
      • EXPERT RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS offer options for every taste.
      • TRIP PLANNING TOOLS AND PRACTICAL TIPS include: guides to getting around, saving money and time, beating the crowds; basic French phrases; and a calendar of festivals and events.
      • LOCAL INSIDER ADVICE tells you where to find under-the-radar gems.
      • HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL OVERVIEWS add perspective and enrich your travels.
      • COVERS: The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, Notre-Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, Musée d’Orsay, Sacré-Coeur, Versailles, and more.
    ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor’s has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years.

    Planning on visiting the rest of France? Check out Fodor’s Fodor’s Essential France and Fodor’s Provence & the French Riviera.

    This edition is printed on sustainably sourced paper.

    Fodor's Paris 2019 (Full-color Travel Guide)
    By Fodor's Travel Guides

    Fodor's Travel
    Released: 2018-11-13
    Paperback (400 pages)

    Fodor s Paris 2019 (Full-color Travel Guide)
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    Written by locals, Fodor's Paris annual travel guidebook offers expert advice and insider tips for all tastes and budgets to help you make the most out of your visit to Paris. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease. Join Fodor’s in exploring one of the most romantic cities in France and Europe.

    Paris is an all-time top destination for travelers, and it's easy to see the allure: the experiences - dining, shopping, museum-going, neighborhood strolling - are all legendary. The new Fodor's Paris captures the best of the City of Light, from the masterful cuisine to the sweeping romance of the Eiffel Tower.

    Fodor’s Paris includes:

      •UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: Paris is always changing, and this edition captures the city's hottest new restaurants, hotels, shops, bars, and more. Parisian life, from luxurious finds in Champs-Élysées boutiques to the simple pleasure of the perfect croissant, is covered in dazzling detail. Updated annually to ensure the best and most relevant content.
      •ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE: A brief introduction and spectacular color photos capture the ultimate experiences and attractions throughout Paris.
      •FULL-SIZE STREET MAPS AND A PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along map gives you essential information so you can travel with confidence.
      •ILLUSTRATED FEATURES AND GORGEOUS COLOR PHOTOS: Rich color features help you make the most of the city’s top experiences, from visiting awe-inspiring Versailles to seeing top artwork in the Musée du Louvre. Additional color photos help inspire trip planning.
      •ITINERARIES AND TOP RECOMMENDATIONS: Sample itineraries help you plan and make the most of your time. We include tips on where to eat, stay, and shop as well as information about nightlife and side trips from Paris. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks in every category.
      •INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Paris's top attractions are broken down at a glance, as are the top itineraries and what to do with kids or without. Each neighborhood has a convenient overview with highlights and practical advice for getting around and planning a visit.
      •COVERS: The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, Notre-Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, Musée d’Orsay, Sacré-Coeur, Versailles, and more.

    ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

    Planning on visiting the rest of France? Check out Fodor’s France and Fodor’s Provence and the French Riviera.


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