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FRANCE

France, officially the French Republic, is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe, with several overseas regions and territories. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of three countries (Morocco, Spain) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. From its shape, it is often referred to in French as l’Hexagone ("The Hexagon"). It is a member of the European Union.

France has been the worlds most popular tourist destination for over twenty years and its geographically one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy (particularly wines and cheeses), history, culture and fashion.

When to go:
The weather in France has four distinct seasons, so the best time to visit France is in late spring and early autumn to avoid the intense heat of summer and harshly cold winters. May, June and September are the best times for a holiday in France.

Average monthly temperature (°C)

GMT:
+1hr (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

Language:
French.

Currency:
Euro (EUR).

Tourist/Visa/Health information:
British citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in France.

Flight Information:
There are 136 airports in France, and a number of international airports, including Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport, 14 miles (23km) north east of Paris, Saint Exupery International Airport, situated 15 miles (24km) east of Lyon, Nice Côte dAzur Airport, situated four miles (6km) west of Nice, Toulouse Blagnac International Airport, located five miles (8km) northwest of Toulouse, and Lille Lesquin International Airport, situated about six miles (10km) from Lille. The flight from London to France can take anything from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the destination.

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