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France Facts & Figures

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Land area: 545,630 sq km (210,668 sq mi)
Total area: 547,030 sq km (211,209 sq mi)
Population (2009 est.): 64,057,792
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Paris, 9,854,000 (metro. area)
Other large cities: Marseille, 820,700; Lyon, 443,900; Toulouse, 411,800; Nice, 332,000; Nantes, 282,300; Strasbourg, 272,600; Bordeaux, 217,000
Currency: Euro
Language: French
Religion: Roman Catholic 85% (est.), Muslim 10% (est.), Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%
Time zone: GMT+1; Daylight Saving Time: GMT+2, observed from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October
Electricity: AC 230V/50Hz, plugs: 2 round pins (Europlug)

Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy
Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy
photo by Mike Cattell
France is a country in Western Europe, bordered by Belgium and Luxembourg to the northeast, Germany, Switzerland and Italy to the west, Monaco to the south and Spain and Andorra to the southeast. France has several overseas departments on other continents: Guadeloupe (including Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy) and Martinique in the Caribbean, French Guiana in South America and Réunion in the Indian Ocean. European part of France is sometimes referred to as 'Metropolitan France'.

France is the largest country in the European Union by area and the second largest in Europe behind Ukraine. It is bounded on the south by the Pyrenees Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea; on the east by the Alps and the Rhine River; and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel.

The terrain of Metropolitan France varies from coastal plains in the north and west, mountains and plateaus of the Massif Central in the south-central part of the country and two more mountain ranges of Alps in the southeast and Pyrenees in the southwest. The highest point in France is Mont Blanc, at 4,810.45 m (15,782 ft), located in the Alps on the border between France and Italy.

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Three Spots for a Quiet Afternoon in Paris

There are so many things to see in Paris and so little time to do it that your journey in the French capital can wind up taking the colors of a marathon run. I offer you a different take on it: stop, review your options, and decide to kill a couple of hours doing just nothing but reading a good book in a spot where you can be left to yourself. Here are three spots where you can do just that.

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Travel Tips For Paris

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and has a well-deserved reputation to be a cultural icon of Europe. Getting around in Paris is easy, but driving is not the recommended way to see this beautiful city. For the tourist, walking may be one of the best ways to see the city because you’ll have the opportunity to really savor the full ambience of Parisian...

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