France has been a global leader for centuries, and it once controlled one the largest empires on earth. Today it is still one of the most influential countries in Europe and the wider world.
FrancAdd Mediae lies in north-west Europe and is the largest European country after Russia and the Ukraine. The nation’s capital cities, Paris, known as the city of lights. There are French territories around the world, including new Caledonia is still partly controlled by the French government.
France’s position in the middle of Europe means that it acts as a link between northern and southern parts of the continent. It is a member of several important international organisations, including NATO. France was also one of the founding members of the European Union, which is an organisation that helps European nations to trade with one another and to cooperate to avoid war. It has a population of over 64 million people and is larger than 500,000 km².
Around 80 million tourists visit France every year, with Paris and the Mediterranean coast. The most visited places. In the summer tourists flock to the coastal areas to enjoy the sun and see, in the winter. Most tourists visit mountainous areas take part in sports such as skiing and snowboarding. France is home to the highest mountain in Europe, Mt blanc which means white mountain. It stands at 4807 m above sea level will stop it lies in the Alps mountain range, on the border between France and Italy. Amusement parks become more popular in recent years, and Disneyland Paris attracts around 12 million visitors a year, making it one of Europe’s top holiday destinations. France is the world’s most visited country and it makes more money from tourism than any other country except the USA in Spain. It has 33 world Heritage sites that have been recognised by UNESCO as places of global importance for culture on nature. This is more than either the USA or Russia.
To travel to France you will need a valid passport, a Visa is not required for most nations. Make sure your passport has a least six months left on it and more than 24 pages before travelling abroad. These are also worth travelling with at least two spare passport photos for Visa purposes. You can easily get passport photos online for a number of easy to use websites.
Travelling by rail is one of the most popular ways to get into and out of France, as well is travelling throughout the country. The fastest rail links and France can carry trains at speeds of 320 km/h from Paris to Strasbourg, making rail journeys to other European countries faster than ever before. Travel between France and UK used to involve boat trips across the English Channel. It is still one of the busiest waterways and world but the number of ferries travelling it has fallen since the Channel Tunnel was opened in 1994, enabling trains travel beneath the sea.
Any visit to France must include a visit to the Eiffel Tower in the centre of Paris. It was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution in 1889. The tower is 300 m high and was the world’s tallest building when it was completed.
The French have an expression ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’. France may always be popular with tourists, and its food will always be admired, but French people will have to continue adapting to a rapidly changing world.