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Vacation Rentals B&B Home Exchange Homestay
Alsace Alsace Alsace Alsace
Aquitaine Aquitaine Aquitaine Aquitaine
Auvergne Auvergne Auvergne Auvergne
Basse-Normandie Basse-N. Basse-N. Basse-N.
Bourgogne Bourgogne Bourgogne Bourgogne
Bretagne Bretagne Bretagne Bretagne
Centre Centre Centre Centre
Champagne-Ardenne Champagne-A. Champagne-A. Champagne-A.
Corse Corse Corse Corse
Franche-Comte Franche-Comte Franche-Comte Franche-Comte
Haute-Normandie Haute Haute Haute
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Ile-de-France
Languedoc-Roussillon Languedoc Languedoc Languedoc
Limousin Limousin Limousin Limousin
Lorraine Lorraine Lorraine Lorraine
Midi-Pyrenees Midi-Pyrenees Midi-Pyrenees Midi-Pyrenees
Nord-Pas-de-Calais Nord-Pas-de-Calais Nord-Pas-de-C. Nord-Pas-de-C.
Pays de la Loire Pays de la Loire Pays de la Loire Pays de la Loire
Picardie Picardie Picardie Picardie
Poitou-Charentes Poitou-Charentes Poitou-Charentes Poitou-Charentes
Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur PACA PACA PACA
Rhone-Alpes Rhone-Alpes Rhone-Alpes Rhone-Alpes


Last Minute Tips Before you Travel to France

  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1 (Eastern European Time)
  • Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz (bring an adapter/transformer for your hair drier, laptop, cellular phone etc.)
  • Currency: Euro (Euro)
  • Country Dialing Code: 33

Must See - Properties on UNESCO World Heritage List

  • Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay (Lower Normandy)
  • Palace and Park of Versailles (Ile-de-France)
  • Vézelay, Church and Hill (Burgundy)
  • Decorated Grottoes of the Vézère Valley (Aquitaine)
  • Palace and Park of Fontainebleau (Ile-de-France)
  • Amiens Cathedral (Picardie)
  • Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the "Triumphal Arch" of Orange (Côte d'Azur)
  • Roman and Romanesque Monuments of Arles (Côte d'Azur)
  • Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay (Burgundy)
  • Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (Franche-Comté)
  • Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière and Place d'Alliance in Nancy (Lorraine)
  • Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe (Poitou)
  • Cape Girolata, Cape Porto, Scandola Nature Reserve and the Piana Calanches in Corsica
  • Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct) (Languedoc-Roussillon)
  • Strasbourg - Grande île
  • Paris, Banks of the Seine (Ile de France)
  • Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Remi and Palace of Tau, Reims (Champagne-Ardenne)
  • Bourges Cathedral (Centre)
  • Historic Centre of Avignon (Alpes-Côte-d’Azur)
  • Canal du Midi (Midi-Pyrénées)
  • Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne (Languedoc-Roussillon)
  • Pyrénées - Mont Perdu (Midi-Pyrénées)
  • Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  • Historic Site of Lyons (Rhône-Alpes)
  • Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion (Aquitaine)
  • The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs (Ile de 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


65,630,692 (July 2012 est.) Note: the above figure is for metropolitan France and five overseas regions; the metropolitan France population is 62,814,233

Administrative divisions:
27 regions (regions, singular - region); Alsace, Aquitaine, Auvergne, Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy), Bourgogne (Burgundy), Bretagne (Brittany), Centre, Champagne-Ardenne, Corse (Corsica), Franche-Comte, Guadeloupe, Guyane (French Guiana), Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy), Ile-de-France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limousin, Lorraine, Martinique, Mayotte, Midi-Pyrenees, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pays de la Loire, Picardie, Poitou-Charentes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Reunion, Rhone-Alpes
note: France is divided into 22 metropolitan regions (including the "territorial collectivity" of Corse or Corsica) and 5 overseas regions (French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion) and is subdivided into 96 metropolitan departments and 5 overseas departments (which are the same as the overseas regions)

Dependent areas:
Clipperton Island, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, New Caledonia, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna note: the US does not recognize claims to Antarctica; New Caledonia has been considered a "sui generis" collectivity of France since 1998, a unique status falling between that of an independent country and a French overseas department

Largest cities of France:
Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice, Nantes, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Lille, Rennes, Reims, Le Havre, Saint-Étienne, Toulon, Grenoble, Angers, Dijon

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 temperature variation
Guadeloupe and Martinique: subtropical tempered by trade winds; moderately high humidity; rainy season (June to October); vulnerable to devastating cyclones (hurricanes) every eight years on average
Mayotte: tropical; marine; hot, humid, rainy season during northeastern monsoon (November to May); dry season is cooler (May to November)
Reunion: tropical, but temperature moderates with elevation; cool and dry (May to November), hot and rainy (November to April)

Ethnic groups
Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities overseas departments: black, white, mulatto, East Indian, Chinese, Amerindian

Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4% overseas departments: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, pagan

French (official) 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish) overseas departments: French, Creole patois, Mahorian (a Swahili dialect)

Government type

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-8, 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 take French forces out of 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 exchange 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.

    Learn French in France

    French Basic Words
    Hello,Good morning - Bonjour
    Good bye - Au revoir
    Yes - Oui
    No - Non
    OK - D’accord
    Excuse me - Excusez-moi
    How are you? - Comment allez-vous?
    Very well, thanks - Très bien, merci
    Please - S’il vous plait
    Thank you - Merci
    You are welcome - de rien
    How much is it ? - Combien ça coûte ?
    Where are the toilets? - Où sont les toilettes?

    Some French Dishes
    France does not have one national dish because of the different products and specialties of each region.


    • Canard à la Rouennaise - (duck stuffed with its liver and cooked in red wine)
    • Camembert - cheese exclusively produced in Normandy for about 200 years


    • Crêpes - Pancakes with sweet and savory fillings


    • Flamiche (leeks cooked with cream and eggs in a pastry crust

    Alsace and Lorraine

    • Baeckeoffe -stew of marinated meat and vegetables .
    • Choucroute - sauerkraut garnished with potatoes and served with hot sausages, bacon or pork.
    • Tarte flambée - thin layer of pastry topped with cream, onion and bacon and cooked in a wood-fired oven.
    • Quiche lorraine - eggs and cream with cheese, vegetables, seafood or ham.


  • Burgundy red and white wines.
  • Boeuf Bouguignon beef stew marinated with Burgundy red wine.
  • Coq au vin - chicken in red wine
  • Escargots à la Bourgignonne - stuffed with garlic butter.
  • Frog's legs - sautéed in butter with fine herbs.


    • Cassoulet - stew made of sausage and white beans
    • Garbure -  thick stew made with vegetables, herbs, spices and preserved meats.


    • Boeuf en daub - beef stewed with red wine, onions, garlic, vegetables and herbs
    • Bouillabaisse - fish soup brimming with lobster, crab, mussels or clams, served
    • Rouille - a spicy mayonnaise made with olive oil, garlic, chilli and fish broth - and warm bread.
    • Ratatouille - vegetable stew made out of tomatoes, peppers, zucchinis, onions and olive oil
    • Salade Niçoise - lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, tuna, eggs, black olives and anchovies.

    Flag of France
    Flag of FranceThe origin of the flag dates to 1790 and the French Revolution when the "ancient French color" of white was combined with the blue and red colors of the Parisian militia; the official flag for all French dependent areas. Note: the design and/or colors are similar to a number of other flags, including those of Belgium, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Netherlands.

    France Travel and Accommodation – Your Tips for Travelers

    If you would like to share your experiences of traveling to France or to any other country, please send us your article and we will gladly post it at this website.

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