France is a country with location in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. Overseas France consist of French Guiana on the South American continent and several island territories in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. It is a unitary semi-presidential republic with the capital in Paris. Paris is the country’s biggest city and main cultural and commercial center. Other major urban centers involve Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Nice, Toulouse and Bordeaux.
France is a global center of art, science, and philosophy. It serves Europe’s fourth-largest number of cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It receives around 83 million foreign travelers yearly, the most of any country in the world. France is a developed country with the world’s sixth-biggest economy by nominal GDP. It is ninth-largest by purchasing power parity. In terms of total household prosperity, it ranks fourth in the world.
France stands well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, and human development. France remains a great power in the world, being one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. It’s a leading member state of the European Union and the Eurozone.
Tourism in France
France rank as the first tourist destination in the world, ahead of the US and China. It is third in income from tourism due to shorter duration of visits. France has 37 sites engraved in UNESCO’s World Heritage List and features cities of high cultural interest, beaches and seaside resorts, ski resorts, and rural regions. The “Remarkable Gardens” label is a list of the over 200 gardens categorized by the French Ministry of Culture. This label is intended to protect and promote remarkable gardens and parks.
France attracts many religious pilgrims on their way to St. James, or to Lourdes. France, specially Paris, has some of the world’s biggest and famous museums, such as the Louvre, which is the most visited art museum in the world. The Musée d’Orsay, mostly dedicated to impressionism, and Beaubourg, dedicated to Contemporary art. Disneyland Paris is Europe’s most well-known theme park, with combined visitors to the resort’s Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.
Transport in France
The railway network of France is the second most extensive in Western Europe after that of Germany. It is manage by the SNCF, and high-speed trains include the Thalys, the Eurostar and TGV, which is for commercial use. The Eurostar, along with the Eurotunnel Shuttle, connects with the United Kingdom through the Channel Tunnel. Rail connections exist to all other neighbouring countries in Europe, except Andorra. Intra-urban connections are also well develope with both underground services (Paris, Lyon, Lille, Marseille, Toulouse, Rennes) and tramway services (Nantes, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Montpellier) complementing bus services.
Roadway in France, ranks the most extensive network of the European continent. The Paris region is surrounded with the most dense network of roads and highways that connect it with virtually all parts of the country. French roads also handle substantial international traffic, connecting with cities in neighboring Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Andorra and Monaco.
There are 464 airports in France. Charles de Gaulle Airport, is in the vicinity of Paris. It is the biggest and busiest airport in the country. Air France is the national carrier airline, although numerous private airline companies provide domestic and international travel services.
Cuisine in France
French cuisine is famous for being one of the greatest in the world. According to the regions, traditional recipes are different, the North of the country prefers to use butter. Olive oil is more commonly use in the South. Moreover, each region of France has iconic traditional specialties such as Cassoulet in the Southwest, Choucroute in Alsace, Quiche in the Lorraine region, Beef bourguignon in the Bourgogne, provençal Tapenade, etc.
France’s most renowned products are wines which includes including Champagne, Bordeaux, Bourgogne, and Beaujolais. There are more than 400 different varieties. rench cuisine is also regard as a key element of the quality of life and the attractiveness of France.
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