Facts

  • Famous for its fine wines and its sun-drenched resorts, France is the most visited travel destination in the world.
    • Paris, the capital city, is one of the worldโ€™s best-loved cities and the most popular tourist destination in the world.
      • Paris is also the largest city in France.
      • Youโ€™ll also find multinational communities in Lyon, Marseille, and Nice.
    • France is the most visited travel destination in Europe, followed by Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, and Germany.
  • The quality of life in France is very high.
    • The country boasts a highly developed infrastructure, excellent schools, and one of the best healthcare systems in the world.
  • Franceโ€™s reputation as one of the worldโ€™s cultural and entertainment centres makes it a popular travel destination.
  • France is very rich in cultural places to visit and foods to experience.
  • The French have aย relaxed approach to life, and it is part of Franceโ€™s appeal โ€“ย the โ€˜cโ€™est la vieโ€™ attitude.
  • Locals place great emphasis on โ€˜joie de vivreโ€™.
  • The countryโ€™s main industries are agriculture (most notably wine), fashion and tourism.
    • France may have a โ€˜work to liveโ€™ attitude, but this hasnโ€™t stopped France from becoming the 6thย largest economy in the world,
  • Bags are routinely checked at museums and large public gatherings.
  • Population: Over 65 million.
  • Main languages: French is the official language, but English is spoken and understood.
    • Though many locals speak English, the French will appreciated your effort to speak French.
  • Time: GMT+1. Clocks move forward an hour in March and back an hour in October.
  • Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are used.
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • International dialling code: +33
  • Internet domain: .fr
  • Emergency numbers: 112 (European general emergency number), 17 (police), 15 (specialist medical services) and 18 (fire and accident)

Overland

  • Road Traffic: Drives on the right
  • Unlawful to use a mobile phone, walkie-talkie, or other handheld communication device while driving

Geography

  • Neighbouring destinations: Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra, and Spain
  • Maps: OpenStreetMap | Google Map

Weather


Summary:ย The south coast has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. The mountainous Alpine regions are the coldest and wettest parts of the country, with heavy snow in winter. Rainfall is moderate throughout the year โ€“ the wettest months are usually May and June.

Safety & Security

France is generally a safe place, despite the recent rise in crime and terrorism.