FRENCH REPUBLIC

République française

 

Macaroons   -   French Soap   -   Lavender   -   Eiffel Tower   -   French Cheese   -   Saint Tropez   -   Champagner   -   Brigitte Bardot   -   Provence   -   Mona Lisa   -   Bordeaux                                      

CAPITAL

Paris

48°51′24″N 2°21′03″E

LANGUAGE

Official and national language:

French

POPULATION

April 2018 - 65,206,493

AREA

640,679 km2

CURRENCY

Euro

World Heritage Sites

44

France is a country in Western Europe that also has several overseas territories worldwide. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine in the east to the western Atlantic shores. The capital city is Paris and is the main commercial and cultural center. It is also famous for its fashion houses, classical art museums, the Louvre and the world famous Eiffel Tower. France is home to the internationally famous Notre Dame de Paris. Throughout its long history, the cathedral has been a witness to many important historical events.

A land of elegance, timeless traditions and incomparable atmosphere of sophistication.

The country has countless landmarks and significant cultural destinations. France includes medieval towns, ski resorts in the French Alps, famous beaches and trendy cities at the Riviera. Lively and full of surprises in terms of diversity and sophistication, France is hard to beat. The south is completely different from the north, geographically and culturally every city has its own unique identity. The land in the area of today's France was first mentioned in the time of the Roman Empire. It was built in the 1st century BC. Conquered by the Romans and called the province of Gaul. Versailles has become a true shrine of medieval culture. The most famous landmarks of Versailles are the Grand Canal and the Neptune Fountain. The Arc de Triomphe at the head of the Champs-Élysées is another important architectural landmark in Paris. The terrace of the bow offers a magnificent view of the Place de l'Étoile. The French cuisine and wines are well known beyond its borders for refinement. From Bordeaux St. Emilion and Burgundy Pinot Noir wines to Champagne, which gives the sparkling wine its name. Cheeses like Camembert and Roquefort are known worldwide.