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France Tour

France is the largest country in western Europe and has a coastline on the English Channel, the Mediterranean Sea and on the Atlantic Ocean. The lowest parts of the country are the great basins of the north and south-west from which it rises to the Massif Central and the higher Alps, Jura and Pyrenees. Climate ranges from moderate maritime in the north-west to Mediterranean in the south. Farming is possible in all parts of France with forestry and fishing also providing some employment. The western shores are ideal for rearing livestock, while the Paris Basin is good arable land. It is in the south-west around Bordeaux that the vineyards produce some of the world’s best wines and in the 1990’s France’s production was the world’s highest. The main industrial area of France is in the north and east, and the main industries are iron and steel, engineering, chemicals, textiles and electrical goods. France has a long cultural history of art, literature, sculpture, music and is famous for its immense Gothic churches.

France Tour: France – Fact and Info

Geographic coordinates: 46 00 N, 2 00
Area: 643,427 sq km

Coastline: 4,668 km

Climate: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral

Population: 64,057,792

Ethnic groups: Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities

Religions: Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%

Languages: French 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)

Capital city: Paris

National holiday: Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1790)

Internet country code: .fr

International Country Calling Code: 33

Currency: euro (EUR)

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