FRANCE

Information about travelling to France

France is located in metropolitan France: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain French Guiana: Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Brazil and Suriname Guadeloupe: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Puerto Rico Martinique: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago Reunion: Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar

Facts about France
Populationtotal: 64,057,792 n
CapitalParis
Time zoneUTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time) daylight saving time: +1hr, begin
Location metropolitan France: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain French Guiana: Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Brazil and Suriname Guadeloupe: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Puerto Rico Martinique: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago Reunion: Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar

General info about France
Although ultimately a victor in World Wars I and II, France suffered extensive losses in its empire, wealth, manpower, and rank as a dominant nation-state. Nevertheless, France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent years, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common exchange currency, the euro, in January 1999. At present, France is at the forefront of efforts to develop the EU's military capabilities to supplement progress toward an EU foreign policy.
Languages spoken
French 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish) overseas departments: French, Creole patois
What about drugs?
metropolitan France: transshipment point for South American cocaine, Southwest Asian heroin, and European synthetics French Guiana: small amount of marijuana grown for local consumption; minor transshipment point to Europe Martinique: transshipment point for cocaine and marijuana bound for the US and Europe
Ethnic division
Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities overseas departments: black, white, mulatto, East Indian, Chinese, Amerindian
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
0.4% (2003 est.)
Climate
metropolitan France: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral French Guiana: tropical; hot, humid; little seasonal t
Resources
metropolitan France: coal, iron ore, bauxite, zinc, uranium, antimony, arsenic, potash, feldspar, fluorspar, gypsum, timber, fish French Guiana: gold deposits, petroleum, kaolin, niobium, tantalum, clay
Economy
France is in the midst of transition from a well-to-do modern economy that has featured extensive government ownership and intervention to one that relies more on market mechanisms. The government has partially or fully privatized many large companies, banks, and insurers, and has ceded stakes in such leading firms as Air France, France Telecom, Renault, and Thales. It maintains a strong presence in some sectors, particularly power, public transport, and defense industries. The telecommunications sector is gradually being opened to competition. France's leaders remain committed to a capitalism in which they maintain social equity by means of laws, tax policies, and social spending that reduce income disparity and the impact of free markets on public health and welfare. Widespread opposition to labor reform has in recent years hampered the government's ability to revitalize the economy. In 2007, the government launched divisive labor reform efforts that will continue into 2009. GDP growth dropped to 0.9% in 2008 on account of the economic and financial crisis. The French government plans to increase public investment and continue injecting capital into the banking sector to alleviate the negative effects of the crisis into 2009. As a result of lower fiscal revenues and increased expenditures the general government deficit is expected to exceed the eurozone's ceiling 3% of GDP. France's tax burden remains one of the highest in Europe - at nearly 50% of GDP in 2005. With at least 75 million foreign tourists per year, France is the most visited country in the world and maintains the third largest income in the world from tourism.
Environment
some forest damage from acid rain; air pollution from industrial and vehicle emissions; water pollution from urban wastes, agricultural runoff

Cities in France

abbeville     acheres     agde     agen     aire-sur-la-lys     aix-en-provence     aix-les-bains     ajaccio     albert     albertville     albi     alencon     ales     alfortville     allauch     allonnes     amberieu-en-bugey     amboise     amiens     amilly     amneville     andresy     angers     anglet     angouleme     aniche     annecy     annecy-le-vieux     annemasse     annoeullin     annonay     antibes     antony     anzin     apt     arcachon     arcueil     argentan     argenteuil     arles     armentieres     arnouville-les-gonesse     arras     athis-mons     aubagne     aubenas     aubergenville     aubiere     auch     auchel     audincourt     aulnay-sous-bois     aulnoye-aymeries     auray     aurillac     autun     auxerre     avallon     avignon     avion     avon     avrille     bagneux     bagnolet     bagnols-sur-ceze     bailleul     balma     bar-le-duc     barentin     bastia     bayeux     bayonne     beaucaire     beauchamps     beaumont     beaune     beausoleil     beauvais     begles     behren-les-forbach     belfort     bellegarde-sur-valserine     berck     bergerac     bernay     besancon     bethune     beziers     bezons     biarritz     bihorel     billere     biscarrosse     bischheim     bischwiller     blagnac     blanquefort     blois     bobigny     bois-colombes     bois-guillaume     boissy-saint-leger     bolbec     bollene     bondues     bondy     bonneuil     bonneville     bordeaux     bouc-bel-air     bouguenais     boulogne-billancourt     boulogne-sur-mer     bourg-en-bresse     bourg-la-reine     bourg-les-valence     bourges     bressuire     brest     bretigny-sur-orge     briancon     brie-comte-robert     brignais     brignoles     brive-la-gaillarde     bron     bruges     brunoy     bry-sur-marne     bully-les-mines     bures-sur-yvette     cachan     caen     cagnes-sur-mer     cahors     calais     caluire-et-cuire     cambrai     cannes     canteleu     cappelle-la-grande     carcassonne     carmaux     carpentras     carquefou     carrieres-sous-poissy     carrieres-sur-seine     carros     carvin     castelnau-le-lez     castelnaudary     castres     caudebec-les-elbeuf     caudry     cavaillon     cenon     cergy     cernay     cestas     chalette-sur-loing     challans     chalon-sur-saone     chamalieres     chambery     chamonix-mont-blanc     champagnole     champigny-sur-marne     chanteloup-les-vignes     chantilly     charenton-le-pont     charleville-mezieres     chartres     chateau-gontier     chateau-thierry     chateaudun     chateauneuf-les-martigues     chateaurenard     chateauroux     chatellerault     chatenay-malabry     chatillon     chatou     chaumont     chauny     chaville     chelles     chenove     cherbourg     chevilly-larue     chilly-mazarin     choisy-le-roi     cholet     clamart     claye-souilly     clermont     clermont-ferrand     clichy     clichy-sous-bois     cluses     cognac     colmar     colombes     colomiers     combs-la-ville     comines     compiegne     concarneau     conflans-sainte-honorine     corbeil-essonnes     cormeilles-en-parisis     coudekerque-branche     coueron     coulommiers     courbevoie     courcouronnes     courrieres     coutances     cran-gevrier     creil     crepy-en-valois     creteil     creutzwald     croissy-sur-seine     croix     cugnaux     cusset     darnetal     dax     decines-charpieu     denain     deuil-la-barre     deville-les-rouen     dieppe     digoin     dijon     dinan     dinard     dole     dombasle-sur-meurthe     domont     douai     douchy-les-mines     dourdan     draguignan     drancy     draveil     dreux     dunkirk     eaubonne     echirolles     ecully     elancourt     elbeuf     enghien-les-bains     epernay     epinal     epinay-sous-senart     epinay-sur-orge     epinay-sur-seine     eragny     ermont     escaudain     etampes     etaples     evreux     evry     eysines     ezanville     fameck     fecamp     figeac     firminy     flers     fleury-les-aubrais     fleury-merogis     floirac     florange     foix     fontaine     fontainebleau     fontenay-aux-roses     fontenay-le-comte     fontenay-le-fleury     fontenay-sous-bois     forbach     fos-sur-mer     fosses     fougeres     fourmies     francheville     franconville     frejus     fresnes     frontignan     gagny     gaillac     gaillard     gap     garches     gardanne     garges-les-gonesse     genas     gennevillers     gentilly     gerardmer     gerzat     gien     gif-sur-yvette     gisors     givors     gonesse     goussainville     gouvieux     gradignan     grand-couronne     grande-synthe     granville     grasse     graulhet     grenoble     grigny     guebwiller     guerande     gueret     gueugnon     guipavas     gujan-mestras     guyancourt     hagondange     haguenau     halluin     harfleur     harnes     haubourdin     hautmont     hayange     hazebrouck     hem     hendaye     henin-beaumont     hennebont     herblay     hericourt     herouville-saint-clair     hirson     hoenheim     hombourg-haut     houilles     hyeres     igny     illkirch-graffenstaden     illzach     issoire     issoudun     issy-les-moulineaux     istres     ivry-sur-seine     jarville-la-malgrange     jeumont     joigny     joinville-le-pont     joue-les-tours     jouy-le-moutier     juvisy-sur-orge     kingersheim     la baule-escoublac     la celle-saint-cloud     la chapelle-sur-erdre     la ciotat     la courneuve     la crau     la ferte-bernard     la fleche     la garde     la garenne-colombes     la madeleine     la motte-servolex     la queue-en-brie     la ricamarie     la roche-sur-yon     la rochelle     la seyne-sur-mer     la teste-de-buch     la trinite     la valette-du-var     lamballe     lambersart     landerneau     lanester     langres     lannion     laon     lattes     laval     laxou     le blanc-mesnil     le bourget     le bouscat     le cannet     le chambon-feugerolles     le chesnay     le creusot     le grand-quevilly     le havre     le kremlin-bicetre     le mans     le mee-sur-seine     le passage     le pecq     le petit-quevilly     le plessis-robinson     le plessis-trevise     le pont-de-claix     le pontet     le portel     le pradet     le pre-saint-gervais     le raincy     le vesinet     leers     lens     les clayes-sous-bois     les herbiers     les lilas     les mureaux     les pavillons-sous-bois     les ponts-de-ce     levallois-perret     libercourt     libourne     lievin     lille     lillebonne     lillers     limay     limeil-brevannes     limoges     limoux     lingolsheim     lisieux     livry-gargan     lognes     lomme     longjumeau     longuenesse     longwy     lons     lons-le-saunier     loos     lorient     lormont     loudeac     lourdes     louviers     luce     lunel     luneville     lure     luxeuil-les-bains     lyon     macon     maisons-alfort     maisons-laffitte     maizieres-les-metz     malakoff     manosque     mantes-la-jolie     mantes-la-ville     marck     marcq-en-baroeul     marignane     marly     marly-le-roi     marmande     maromme     marseille     martigues     massy     maubeuge     mauguio     maurepas     mayenne     mazamet     meaux     melun     mende     mennecy     menton     mericourt     merignac     meru     merville     metz     meudon     meylan     meyzieu     millau     mions     miramas     mitry-mory     moissac     moissy-cramayel     mondeville     mons-en-baroeul     mont-de-marsan     mont-saint-aignan     montargis     montataire     montauban     montbeliard     montbrison     montceau-les-mines     montelimar     montesson     montfermeil     montgeron     montigny-en-gohelle     montigny-le-bretonneux     montigny-les-cormeilles     montigny-les-metz     montivilliers     montlucon     montmagny     montmorency     montpellier     montreuil     montrouge     morangis     morlaix     morsang-sur-orge     mougins     moulins     mouvaux     moyeuvre-grande     mulhouse     muret     nancy     nanterre     nantes     narbonne     nemours     neuilly-plaisance     neuilly-sur-marne     neuilly-sur-seine     neuville-en-ferrain     nevers     nice     nimes     niort     noeux-les-mines     nogent-le-rotrou     nogent-sur-marne     nogent-sur-oise     noisiel     noisy-le-grand     noisy-le-sec     notre-dame-de-gravenchon     noyon     obernai     octeville     oignies     oissel     olivet     ollioules     oloron-sainte-marie     onnaing     orange     orleans     orly     ormesson-sur-marne     orsay     orthez     orvault     osny     ostwald     oullins     outreau     oyonnax     ozoir-la-ferriere     palaiseau     pantin     paray-le-monial     paris     parthenay     passy     pau     perigueux     perpignan     persan     pertuis     pessac     pierre-benite     pierrefitte-sur-seine     pierrelatte     pithiviers     plaisance-du-touch     plaisir     plan-de-cuques     plerin     ploemeur     ploufragan     plougastel-daoulas     plouzane     poissy     poitiers     pont-a-mousson     pont-audemer     pont-saint-esprit     pont-sainte-maxence     pontarlier     pontivy     pontoise     port-de-bouc     porto-vecchio     privas     provins     puteaux     quetigny     quimper     quimperle     raismes     rambouillet     ramonville-saint-agne     reims     remiremont     rennes     revin     reze     riom     riorges     ris-orangis     rive-de-gier     rixheim     roanne     roche-la-moliere     rochefort     rodez     rognac     roissy-en-brie     romainville     romans-sur-isere     rombas     romilly-sur-seine     ronchin     roncq     roquebrune-cap-martin     rosny-sous-bois     roubaix     rouen     rouvroy     royan     rueil-malmaison     rumilly     sable-sur-sarthe     saint-amand-les-eaux     saint-andre-les-vergers     saint-andre-lez-lille     saint-avertin     saint-avold     saint-brice-sous-foret     saint-brieuc     saint-chamond     saint-claude     saint-cloud     saint-cyr-sur-loire     saint-denis     saint-die     saint-dizier     saint-doulchard     saint-esteve     saint-etienne     saint-etienne-du-rouvray     saint-fons     saint-gaudens     saint-genis-laval     saint-germain-en-laye     saint-gilles     saint-gratien     saint-herblain     saint-jean-de-braye     saint-jean-de-la-ruelle     saint-jean-de-luz     saint-jean-de-maurienne     saint-junien     saint-laurent-du-var     saint-leu-la-foret     saint-lo     saint-louis     saint-malo     saint-mande     saint-martin-boulogne     saint-martin-de-crau     saint-maur-des-fosses     saint-maurice     saint-max     saint-maximin-la-sainte-baume     saint-medard-en-jalles     saint-michel-sur-orge     saint-nazaire     saint-omer     saint-orens-de-gameville     saint-ouen     saint-paul-les-dax     saint-pierre-des-corps     saint-pol-sur-mer     saint-priest     saint-quentin     saint-raphael     saint-remy-de-provence     saint-saulve     saint-sebastien-sur-loire     saint-vallier     sainte-foy-les-lyon     sainte-genevieve-des-bois     sainte-luce-sur-loire     sainte-maxime     sainte-savine     saintes     sallanches     sallaumines     salon-de-provence     sanary-sur-mer     sannois     saran     sarcelles     sarlat-la-caneda     sarrebourg     sarreguemines     sartrouville     saumur     saverne     savigny-le-temple     savigny-sur-orge     sceaux     schiltigheim     seclin     sedan     selestat     senlis     sens     septemes-les-vallons     sete     sevran     sevres     seynod     seyssinet-pariset     sin-le-noble     soissons     soisy-sous-montmorency     sollies-pont     somain     sorgues     sotteville-les-rouen     soyaux     stains     stiring-wendel     strasbourg     sucy-en-brie     suresnes     talant     talence     tarare     tarascon     tarbes     tarnos     tassin-la-demi-lune     taverny     tergnier     thiais     thiers     thionville     thonon-les-bains     thouars     tinqueux     tonneins     torcy     toul     toulon     toulouse     tourcoing     tourlaville     tournefeuille     tournon-sur-rhone     tours     trappes     trelaze     triel-sur-seine     troyes     tulle     uckange     ussel     vaires-sur-marne     valbonne     valence     valenciennes     valentigney     valenton     vallauris     valreas     vandoeuvre-les-nancy     vannes     vanves     vaulx-en-velin     vaureal     vauvert     velizy-villacoublay     vence     vendome     venissieux     verdun     verneuil-sur-seine     vernon     vernouillet     verrieres-le-buisson     versailles     vertou     vesoul     vichy     vienne     vierzon     vieux-conde     vigneux-sur-seine     villebon-sur-yvette     villefontaine     villefranche-de-rouergue     villefranche-sur-saone     villejuif     villemomble     villeneuve-la-garenne     villeneuve-le-roi     villeneuve-les-avignon     villeneuve-loubet     villeneuve-saint-georges     villeneuve-sur-lot     villeparisis     villepinte     villers-les-nancy     villerupt     villeurbanne     villiers-le-bel     villiers-sur-marne     vincennes     vire     viroflay     viry-chatillon     vitre     vitrolles     vitry-le-francois     vitry-sur-seine     voiron     voisins-le-bretonneux     wasquehal     wattignies     wattrelos     waziers     wittelsheim     wittenheim     woippy     yerres     yvetot     yzeure    

National airlines
Air Franceairline website
Air Liberteairline website


Airports in France
La GarenneAGF
Campo Dell OroAJA
MarceANE
Brie-ChampniersANG
Auxerre BranchesAUF
AurillacAUR
AvoriazAVF
Avignon-CaumAVN
BarcelonnetteBAE
GuipavasBES
PorettaBIA
Biarritz ParmeBIQ
Bordeaux AirportBOD
FontaineBOR
BourgesBOU
Beauvais-Tille AirportBVA
LarocheBVE
Beziers ViasBZR
SalvazaCCF
Ch. De GaulleCDG
MandelieuCEQ
MaupertusCER
Le PontreauCET
AulnatCFE
CarpiquetCFR
ChateaurouxCHR
Ste CatherineCLY
ChamberyCMF
Colmar-HoussenCMR
ParvaudCNG
CalaisCQF
CreilCSF
Le CastelletCTT
CourchevelCVF
MazametDCM
DijonDIJ
TavauxDLE
PleurtuitDNR
St GatienDOL
DieppeDPE
Les AjoncsEDM
RoumanieresEGC
EsseyENC
MirecourtEPL
EvreuxEVX
GaronsFNI
FrejusFRJ
TallardGAT
GranvilleGFR
Saint GeoirsGNB
Merville/CalonneHZB
Agora HelipadJAH
Croisette HeliportJCA
Heliport De ParisJDP
HeliportJEV
La Defense HeliportJPU
ServelLAI
Le BourgetLBG
Le SequestreLBI
LandivisiauLDV
OctevilleLEH
BellegardeLIG
LesquinLIL
ArnageLME
LoudesLPY
LaleuLRH
Lann BihoueLRT
TalmontLSO
Le TouquetLTQ
EntrammesLVA
BronLYN
SatolasLYS
Gueret (Lepaud)MCU
BrenouxMEN
MeribelMFX
FrejorguesMPL
MarseilleMRS
MegeveMVV
MorlaixMXN
FrescatyMZM
Cote D'AzurNCE
Annecy-MeytheNCY
NiortNIT
Nantes AtlantiqueNTE
NeversNVS
Vals-LanasOBS
OrleansORE
OrlyORY
Metropolitan AreaPAR
LlabanerePGF
PerigueuxPGX
BiardPIS
La PlagnePLG
Paris Cergy PontoisePOX
ProprianoPRP
UzeinPUF
Vieux PortQYW
Saint AgnantRCO
MarcillacRDZ
ReimsRHE
RenaisonRNE
St JacquesRNS
MedisRYN
SolenzaraSOZ
EntzheimSXB
TignesTGF
HyeresTLN
BlagnacTLS
Toussus-le-NobleTNF
St SymphorienTUF
PluguffanUIP
BoosURO
ChabeuilVAF
CharmeilVHY
MeuconVNE
VittelVTL
Paris Vatry Airport (Aircraft training and carXCR
Aerogare des InvalidesXEX
EtoileXTT
MontaudranXYT
LaberandieZAO


Beer in France (0.33l)
Aix-en-Provence~ 3.4 EUR
Angers~ 1.8 EUR
Annecy~ 3.1 EUR
Antibes~ 3.6 EUR
Avignon~ 3.3 EUR
Beauvais~ 4.1 EUR
Bergerac~ 3.7 EUR
Blendecques~ 1.2 EUR
Bordeaux~ 1.6 EUR
Brest~ 3 EUR
Cambrai~ 1.2 EUR
Cannes~ 3 EUR
Chamonix~ 3 EUR
Chateau-Gontier~ 1.8 EUR
Collioure~ 3 EUR
Courchevel~ 3.9 EUR
Dijon~ 1.2 EUR
Granville~ 2.7 EUR
GRASSE~ 3 EUR
Grenoble~ 3.3 EUR
La Rochelle~ 2.4 EUR
Lannion~ 3.1 EUR
Laon~ 2.4 EUR
Le Mans~ 2.9 EUR
Les Arcs~ 3 EUR
Lille~ 2.4 EUR
Lille~ 2.4 EUR
Lyon~ 3 EUR
Maclas~ 2.4 EUR
Marseille~ 3.2 EUR
Nantes~ 1.5 EUR
Nice~ 3.9 EUR
Orleans~ 3.6 EUR
Paris~ 4.6 EUR
PARIS~ 4.6 EUR
Paris~ 4.6 EUR
Perpignan~ 3.5 EUR
Perpignan~ 3.5 EUR
Poitiers~ 3.2 EUR
Rennes~ 2.9 EUR
Saint Louis~ 4.7 EUR
Saint-quentin~ 3.3 EUR
Strasbourg~ 3.3 EUR
STRASBOURG~ 3.3 EUR
Tignes~ 3.3 EUR
TIgnes~ 3.3 EUR
Toulouse~ 3 EUR
TOULOUSE~ 3 EUR
Vannes~ 1.6 EUR

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