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A land of great contrasts, France offers an endless choice of enticing
destinations, a rich diversity of landscapes, cuisines, climates,
and peoples, with an exceptional cultural heritage. This magnificent
Country draws millions of visitors ever year.
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One can travel to the chic boulevards of Paris, the sparkling ski
slopes of the Alps, sunlit vineyards, and sun-baked beaches and
enjoy a dusty game of boules, or coffee and croissants in the undiscovered
The majestic chateaux of the Loire appeal the glamorous jet-set
lifestyle of the Mediterranean.
Paris, the capital of France, is one of the world’s most
romantic and photogenic cities. Situated on the Seine River, the
city is famous for its grand Avenue Champs Elysee and Arch du Triomphe,
the Gothic masterpiece of Notre Dame, Mont Martre - with its regal
Sacre Coer Basilica and the lofty Eiffel tower - all famous international
Other impressive attractions include the unmatched Louvre Musee,
Musee d’Orsay and Hotel des Invalids, Illes des Cite (old
city island) and Jewish quarter, along with endless excellent galleries
Of late, France
has been enjoying a clear sense of its own identity, but this took
a very long time to develop. The term France did not refer uniquely
to the territory now identified with the French nation until the
end of the middle Ages. The French state took centuries to build.
Until 1789, the French people lived under some 400 separate codes
of civil law. They were described as subjects of a king than as
citizens of a nation. Similarly, not until the 19th century did
a true national economy form out of several regional ones.
The French language took a standardized form only in the 17th century.
As late as the 19th century, a quarter of the population residing
in France did not speak standard French. Roman Catholicism, the
religion of the vast majority of French people today, was also adopted
very late. Some historians argue that the majority of French people
did not practice Catholic rituals and accept Catholic doctrines
in their orthodox form before the 18th century.
The Roman Empire disintegrated in the 5th century A.D. with region
being united to the rest of western and central Europe by its growing
attachment to the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1789, the monarchy was overthrown in one of the world’s
greatest revolutions. The revolution opened up a century and a half
of political instability as defenders battled opponents of the revolutionary
France is the second largest country in Europe, with the fifth
largest population in Europe.
Population: 57.5 million
Geographic size: 212,935 square miles
Major cities and population:
Paris - 8.7 million people, Lyon - 1.2 million, Marseille - 1.2
million, Lille - 950,000 and Bordeaux - 640,000.
France being located mid-way between the equator and the North Pole;
it has a temperate climate with generally cool winters and mild
summers, while along the Mediterranean the warm Gulf Stream current
provides mild winters and hot summers. Mountain areas tend to be
colder, with considerable rain and snow.
The French population has very diverse origins. People from different
origin have settled in France including the Celts, Romans, Germans,
Russians, Asians, Africans, and North Americans. The populations
tend to vary by region.
Long time ago, France was primarily a rural community. Today about
75% of people live in cities or towns.
Art and culture are an important part of France. Many famous artists,
such as Renoir and Monet, are from France. Several famous writers,
including Victor Hugo who wrote Le Miserables and the Hunchback
of Notre Dame, are from France.
Sports are also popular, with Soccer being a major team sport. France
is also well known for the "Tour de France," a 2,500-mile
The French constitution guarantees all permanent residents a basic
education. School attendance is compulsory for students aged 6 to
16, and all public schools up to the university level are free.
Higher public education is free for all students who qualify. There
are also private schools and colleges in France, mostly controlled
by the Roman Catholic Church. The adult literacy rate is 99 percent,
due to which it stands to be one of the world’s highest literate
Currency and Banking
The monetary unit of France is the single currency of the EU, the
euro (1.07 euros equal U.S. $1; 1999 average). France is among 12
EU member nations to adopt the single currency under Economic and
Monetary Union (EMU). France’s national currency, the franc,
is used for other purposes.
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