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FRANCE is a very popular country for many holidaymakers that is that is fondly revisited year after year. It is very easy to get to either by air, sea, the channel tunnel or road. There are now more than 6,000 kms of motorways covering the country and connecting to other European motorway networks. It is the largest country in western Europe after Russia and Germany. The country is some 550,000 square kilometres in size.

It can offer a wide variety of holidays to suit all tastes. It has coastlines bordering the Channel, the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. There are the mountain ranges - the Alps, the Pyrenees and the attrractive valleys of the rivers Loire, Rhone and Dordogne and of course the medieval villages, castles and picturesque countryside of Brittany, Normandy, Provence, the Dordogne and the French Riviera(Cote d'Azur). Architectural and interest abounds through out the country and there are many festivals.

The French are noted for their love of good food and wines. You will normally eat well wherever you go and will find the regional speciality dishes well worth sampling.

The South of France, like some of its Mediterranean neighbours is a sunshine refuge during the depths of winter. Here you can enjoy excellent temperatures and look up to the snow covered Alps that are only a short drive away from Monaco, Nice & Cannes.

It is the only country in Europe that experiences three disticnt climates - continental - maritime and Mediterranean.

The country itself is known officially as the French Republic. It is divided into 26 administrative régions: 22 are in metropolitan France (21 are on the continental part of metropolitan France) the other one is the "territorial collectivity" of Corse, on the island of Corsica.

The régions are further subdivided into 100 départements. The departments are numbered (mainly alphabetically) and this number is used, for instance, in postal codes and vehicle number plates. The departments are further subdivided into 342 arrondissements .See Departments and Regions in France CLICK HERE

Paris is the capital and largest city of France. It is also the capital of the Île-de-France région which encompasses Paris and its suburbs.

Other Cities and Major towns:

Lyon is the third largest city and situated in the east and located between Paris and Marseille.

Lille is a city in north eastern France on the Deûle River. It is the capital of the Nord-Pas de Calais région and is also the préfecture (capital) of the Nord département. It is situated very close to the Belgian border.

Reims is is in north is often considered the capital of Champagne. It is very close to another Champagne town — Epernay.

Rouen is the capital city of Normandy, in northwestern France, and the capital of the Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy) région.

Bordeaux is a port city in the south-west and is the capital of the Aquitaine région, as well as the préfecture (administrative capital) of the Gironde département. Its inhabitants are called Bordelais. The name Bordeaux and wine are very much associated and it has been produced in the area the eighth century.

Nice (with the city name also as Nissa in Italian and street names in two languages because of its proximity to Italy on the Mediterranean coast,. It is a major tourist centrer and a leading resort on the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur). See Fact File Nice Click Here

Rennes is in the north west, in the east of Brittany. It is the capital of the Bretagne région, as well as the préfecture of the Ille-et-Vilaine département.

Marseille is France's largest commercial port and the largest in the Mediterranean. It is the second largest city in France and the third metropolitan area.

Grenoble is situated at the foot of the Alps, at the confluence of the Drac into the Isère River. It is in south-east France in the Rhône-Alpes région, Grenoble is the préfecture (capital) of the département of Isère.

Le Havre is in Normandy in northern France on the English Channel, at the mouth of the Seine.It was the port-of-call for French ocean liners making the Transatlantic crossing (cf Cruise ship). Le Havre is known as "La Porte Océane". It is the second largest city in Normandy after Rouen.It is the second largest exporting port in France.

Metz in the North-East and is the capital of the Lorraine région and of the département of Moselle (57). It is located at the by the Moselle and the Seille.

Toulon is a city in the south of France. It has a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast with a major French naval base. It is located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur région. it is is the préfecture (capital) of the Var département, in the former province of Provence.

France is a founder member of the EU — European Union (formerly the EEC — European Economic Union)


Corsica: (La Corse) has breath taking secenery,fabulous winding roads, glorious beaches and some 1000 km of dramatic coastlines. It is described as the "Isle of Beauty". It is in the Tyrrhenian Sea in in the western Mediterranean — 160 kms south west of the French Riviera and 14 km the north of Sardinia and 82 kms west of the coast of Tuscany. There are many direct flights and you can take the car ferry from Nice, Marseille, Toulon or from Genoa, Livorno & Savona or via Sardinia.

The island is has a wealth of history and the cusine is excellent. Administratively, it forms two Départements and one Region of France. Haute Corse is to the north and its capital is Bastia. To the south is Corse du Sud with its capital in Ajaccio, which is also the regional capital and is the seat of the regional government — the Collectivité Territoriale de Corse (CTC). Thus Corsica is in the EU and the currency is the Euro. French is the official language, but a large number of Corscians speak Corsican.

The climate is a Mediterranean climate at coastal levels, but once you climb up into hills it becomes much cooler. (It goes up to approximately 9,000 feet from sea level). Summers are long — May to October and winters much colder with snow on the mountain peaks.Monte Cinto 2706m and Monte San Petrone 1767m.

The principal towns are: Ajaccio (where Napoleon was born in 1769) It is Corsica's largest town and the administrative centre and is on the west side. There are excellent shopping facilities and plents of places for eating and drinking. There is the Musée Fesch that has the most important collection of Italian in France.

Bonifacio It is on the southern tip of the Island and the closest town to Sardinia. A very picturesque town that is perched up high above the sea on white limestone cliffs. The towns has plenty of shady narrow streets and squares. There is a natural harbour — ideal for yachts from all over the Mediterranean.

Calvi The town is located on a sweeping bay, fringed by the Balagne hills. It has a marina that is perfect for stopping at a local café and watching life going buy whilst enjoying a drink or two. The town has a maze of closely woven streets leading up to the citadel. There is a wide sandy beach offering watersports.

Porto Vecchio is a charming town with a maze of narrow streets with smart shops, restaurants and bars.It is described as a sophisticated resort with some excellent beaches.It is located in the south east of the island Sartene Is high up in the hills and a few miles inland on the west side a short drive from Propriano on the coast to the north. Excellent selection of restaurants there to choose from.

Other towns: Porto — on the west, Bastia — in the north east, Cargese on the west coast and Aléria on the east coast.


Make sure you have a valid EHIC card when travelling in France or other EU Countries

It appears that only 50 per cent of Britons hold one of these European Health Insurance Cards. You should have one if you are on holiday or on business. It ensures that a British citizen receives the same level of health care as the citizen of the country you are visiting. If you have one of these cards, they will have an expiry date and they can be renewed six months before they expire. More information can be found at or or by phoning 0845 606 2030 or +44 (0) 20 7210 4850


Currency in France and Corsica: Euro - (€)

Electricity Voltage: 240 v - European 2 prong round plug.

Telephone Country Code: +33

Emergency Telephone number: pan-EU Emergency 112 Can be used in all EU Countries and it can be dialled from a locked mobile or a mobile with no sim card.

Other Emergency telephone numbers:

15 SAMU - Ambulance Urgencies médicales des grandes agglomerations

17 Police - Secours ou gendarmarie

18 Fire - Pompier -incendies et urgences médicales

Public Holidays in France - There are eleven jours feriés

New years day (Jour de l'an) - January 1, Easter Monday (Pâques lundi), Labour Day (Fête du premier mai) - 1st May, Victory in Europe 1945(Fête de la Victoire 1945; Fête du huitième mai) - 8th May, Ascension Day (Thursday), Pentecost, July 14 - Bastille Day(Fête nationale), August 15 - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Assomption), November 1st -All Saints Day (La Toussaint), November 11 -Armistice Day 1918 (Jour d'armistice) and December 25 - Christmas Day (Noël)

Telephones in France - Mobile phones - All mobile phones start with 06. Calling a mobile from a land line can be very expensive. If you are visting France for a while instead of relying on your home country mobile you can buy a "nomad" Pay as you go sim card. You will need a French address.

Landline phones - The French telephone network is run by France Telecom. Peak hour (heures pleines) rates run from 8am - 7pm Mon-Fri. The weekends, national holidays & hours between 7pm & 8am are classed as off peak (heures creuses).

Driving: Drive on the RIGHT See Driving in France and Corsica

Population of France in 2006: 60,656,178 Land Area: 547,030 Km2

French Tourist Office for France tourism the authority on FRANCE TRAVEL and FRANCE TOURISM Visit their site HERE


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