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
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.
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.
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.
is the only country in Europe that experiences three disticnt
climates - continental - maritime and Mediterranean.
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
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.
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
is the capital city of Normandy, in northwestern France,
and the capital of the Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy)
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
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
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.
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.
is a founder member of the EU — European Union (formerly
the EEC — European Economic Union)
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
or by phoning 0845 606 2030 or +44 (0) 20 7210 4850
in France and Corsica: Euro - (€)
Voltage: 240 v - European 2 prong round plug.
Country Code: +33
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.
Emergency telephone numbers:
SAMU - Ambulance Urgencies médicales des grandes agglomerations
Police - Secours ou gendarmarie
- Pompier -incendies et urgences médicales
Holidays in France - There are eleven jours feriés
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,
14 - Bastille Day(Fête nationale), August
15 - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Assomption),
1st -All Saints Day (La Toussaint), November
11 -Armistice Day 1918 (Jour d'armistice) and December
25 - Christmas Day (Noël)
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.
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).
Drive on the RIGHT
Driving in France and Corsica
of France in 2006:
60,656,178 Land Area: 547,030 Km2
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their site HERE
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