France Travel Information

  • Time Difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time) note: applies to metropolitan France only, not to its overseas departments,...
  • Capital City: Paris
  • Airports: 294
  • Travel Climate: The west and north of France experience cool winters and mild summers, while southern France and Corsica have a Mediterranean...
  • Travel Currency: euro (EUR)
  • Language Spoken: <p>The French government has emphasized the French language so much that almost everyone in France speaks French (99%), despite the...
  • Languages: French (official) 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish) overseas departments: French, Creole patois,...
  • Ethnic Groups: Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities overseas departments: black, white, mulatto, East Indian, Chinese, Amerindian
  • National Holiday: Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1790); note - although often incorrectly referred to as Bastille Day, the celebration actually...
  • Inflation Rate: 1.3%
  • Geographic Coordinates: metropolitan France: 46 00 N, 2 00 E French Guiana: 4 00 N, 53 00 W Guadeloupe: 16 15 N, 61 35...
  • Location: metropolitan France: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK;...
  • Terrain: metropolitan France: mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south,...

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