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THE COUNTRY

France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations.

It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-7, the G-20, the EU, and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing DE GAULLE's 1966 decision to withdraw French forces from NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations.

In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.

  • Eiffel Tower;
  • Louvre Museum;
  • Notre-Dame de Paris;
  • Palace of Versailles;
  • Côte d'Azur;
  • Mont Saint-Michel;
  • Loire Valley Châteaux;
  • Provence;
  • Normandy;
  • Brittany;
  • Carcassone;
  • Avignon;
  • Alsace (includes Colmar and Strasbourg);
  • Notre-Dame de Chartres;
  • Caves of Vezere Valley;
  • Grotte Chauvet,
  • Ardeche River and Pont d'Arc
  • Private Jets, Helicopters and Airliners
  • Finest Onboard Catering
  • Ground Transport and Yachts
  • Luxury Villa & House Rentals
  • Local Guide & 24/7 Assistance
  • Customized Global Services
HAVE TO KNOW
  • The State's Capital
    Paris
  • Time Zone
    UTC+1
  • Telephone Code
    33
  • Total Area
    643 801 Km2
  • Population
    68 305 148
  • Main Languages
    French
  • Currency
    Euros (EUR)
  • GDP Per Capita
    USD 45000
  • Airports
    464
  • Heliports
    1
TRAVEL INFORMATION

    Generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasionally strong, cold, dry north-to-northwesterly wind know as the mistral.

    Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African (Algerian, Moroccan, Tunisian), Indochinese, Basque minorities.

    Hugging is a much less common form of greeting in France than in other countries, and may be received uncomfortably.

    Crêpes — thin wheat or buckwheat flour batter pancakes filled with either sweet (chocolate, preserves, cream etc.) or savory (ham, sausage, cheese, mushroom, etc.) ingredients

    High-income, advanced and diversified EU economy and euro user; strong tourism, aircraft manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and industrial sectors; ongoing pension reform protests; high public debts and COVID-19 spending increases; global environmental leader.

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