France is the largest country in Europe after Russia and the Ukraine, and is surrounded
1- English Channel from North-west,
2- Atlantic Ocean from West,
3- Spain and Mediterranean Sea from South,
4- Italy and Switzerland from East.
France has a predominantly temperate climate, with mild winters, except in mountain areas
and the north-east. The Atlantic has a profound impact on the north-west, where the
weather is characterized by high humidity, often violent westerly winds and lots of rain.
The temperature in summer not to go upper than 15 degrees and in winter not go downer than
Background Information (2000)
Full country name: French Republic
551,000 sq. km
Capital city: Paris (pop. 13
92% French, 3% north African,
2% German, 1% Breton, 2% other nationality
Language: French ( also Flemish,
Alsatian, Breton, Basque and Corsican)
Religion: 90% Roman Catholic,
1% Protestant, 1% Jewish, 6% other
GDP: US $ 1147 billion
World GDP ranking: 4th
GDP per head: US $ 19,774
Annual growth: 2.1 %
Major industries: Oil refining, steel,
cement, aluminum, agricultural products and food stuffs, luxury goods and chemicals.
Visas: Nationals of Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Israel do not
require visas to visit France as tourists for up to three months. Except for people from
a handful of other European countries, everyone else must have a visa. Tourist visas
cannot be extended except in emergencies.
How to get there
Easiest and best way to enter France is air lines. Air
France, French national air line, has many flights every day to transport passenger to or
from France, so do other
airlines. Europeans could get there by bus or train, cheaper.
Airplane and train are easiest for getting around but
expensive; most of people use car or bus.
Between cities: Airplane, bus and train;
In cities: Metro, bus and taxi.
Money and Costs (2000)
Cheap meal: US $ 5-10
Restaurant meal: US $ 15-25
Cheap rooms: US $ 15-20
Hotel room: US $ 25-30
All publications, radio and TV are in French.
Telephone, Telegraph, Post, Telex, Fax, Mobile, E-mail,
Weights and Measures
Government: 9- 17
Shopping: 9-13 and 16-22
Weekend: Saturday and Sunday.
Art and Culture
The concept of culture is of signal important for the French
convinced of an enduring cultural superiority. France has bestowed magnificent examples of artistic expression in
all fields, not to mention some of the ugliest wallpaper and the worst pop music in the
world. The most important Artistes of France are: Gallic, Jean-Baptist, Victor Hugo and
George sand. France has an ancient history, which had basically
changes in middle ages (768-814) and is mother of modern revolutions and Art.
All countries have an Embassy in Paris (Capital of France).