Welcome to France
Welcome to France - The Country of Love, Literature and Gastronomy
France is the largest country in Western Europe and is one of only three countries (with Morocco and Spain) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. France is the most popular country in the world for holidays with more than 81million visitors annually and Paris is the most popular among tourists.There are countless tourist attractions because in France you can visit unique historical and archeological sites: ranging from prehistoric sites (Carnac and Vézère), the ruins of the Roman Empire's ancient cities (Organge, Arles, Nîmes, Autun, the aqueduct of Pont du Gard), to medieval castles (Montségur, Carcassone, Aigues-Mortes), to gothic cathedrals (Paris, Amiens, Reims, Chartres, Roue, Beavuis, Troyes, Laon, Le Mans, Coutances, Bourges) and the famous Châteaux de Loria.
Regarding landscapes, France has a lot to offer: from beaches and resorts of the French Riviera (Nizza, Saint Tropez, Cannes), the natural beauty of Corsica, the Massif Central and Provence and the Atlantic beaches to the mountains and resorts of the Alps and the Pyrenees.
The destinations most visited by tourists are Lourdes (because of the Christian pilgrimage) and Paris. In the capital you can do business or visit the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Orsay Museum and the Centre Georges Pompidou and in the vicinity of the city you can find the famous amusement park Disneyland Paris and the majestic Palace of Verseilles.
Information and facts
France has a well developed public and private transportation system. The French transportation system is on of the densest network in the world and Paris is the core of this web. There are almost 500 airports in France whereof 288 of the them have paved runways. The French motorway network or autoroute system consists largely of toll roads, except around large cities and in parts of the North.
The French healthcare system was ranked first worldwide by the World Health Organization in 1997 and again in 2000.The French system combines private and public sectors to provide universal health coverage to all.
The European emergency number 112 is not the only emergency number in France. Alongside 112, the following emergency numbers are available: 17 for police; 18 for fire brigade,15 for first aid (Ambulance).
The official spoken language in France is French.
The currency in France is Euro.
Smoking is prohibited in all public accessible areas.
You should try to avoid topics about politics and religion in a conversation with a French person.