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Facts About France

Regional Population: 60,656,178

Local Currency: EUR

Latitude: 48.866667

Longitude: 2.3265

France is a country located in Western Europe. France borders Belgium and Luxembourg to the northeast, Germany and Switzerland to the east, Italy to the southeast and Spain to the southwest across the Pyrenees mountain range. (The small country of Andorra lies between France and Spain.) The Mediterranean Sea lies to the south of France, with the Principality of Monaco forming a small enclave. To the west, France boasts a long Atlantic Ocean coastline; while to the north is the English Channel, across which lies France's final neighbor, England.

France is the world's most popular tourist destination (78 million visitors in 2006), with dozens of major tourist attractions, including Paris, Côte d'Azur (the French Riviera), the Castles of Loire Valley, Brittany and Mont Saint Michel. It is also famous for its beautiful Atlantic beaches and winter sport resorts in the Alps. France is further renowned for its gastronomy (particularly wines and cheeses), history, culture and fashion.

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Articles About France

Pedal-Powered Vacations

On a biking vacation, the journey really is the destination. Here are tips for planning the best getaways on two wheels.

Barge Voyage in France’s Champagne Region

Gourmet meals and French wines combine with on-shore cultural excursions for an unforgettable river cruise through the French countryside.

Language School Learning Vacations

While you play, send your kids away on a confidence-building and interactive learning vacation they’ll love.

On the Edge of a Via Ferrata

Traverse precipitous cliffs and waterfalls on these mountain climbs and treks popular in the Swiss Alps and Dolomites of Italy.