France Facts and Culture

  • Food and Recipes: Table manners are important. While at the table hands should remain above the table. Elbows should not be placed... More
  • Family: Most families are small, with only one or two children. Since a single income is not enough to live on... More
  • Fashion: The French usually make an effort to dress well and fashionably. French fashions often influence how the rest... More
  • Visiting: The French are generally formal when visiting and people do not often visit unannounced. Guests do not enter a home... More

France Facts

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Capital Paris
Government Type republic
Currency euros (EUR)
Population 65,951,611
Total Area 248,572 Square Miles
643,801 Square Kilometers
Location metropolitan France: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain

French Guiana: Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Brazil and Suriname

Guadeloupe: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Puerto Rico

Martinique: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago

Mayotte: Southern Indian Ocean, island in the Mozambique Channel, about half way between northern Madagascar and northern Mozambique

Reunion: Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar
Language French (official) 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)

overseas departments: French, Creole patois, Mahorian (a Swahili dialect)

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