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* The [[Ile de France]] is the region surrounding the capital, [[Paris]].
 
* The [[Ile de France]] is the region surrounding the capital, [[Paris]].
 
* The North is a region where the world wars have left scars. It includes [[Nord-Pas de Calais]], [[Picardie]], and [[Haute-Normandie]].
 
* The North is a region where the world wars have left scars. It includes [[Nord-Pas de Calais]], [[Picardie]], and [[Haute-Normandie]].
* The North-East is a region where the European culture (and specially Germany culture) has merged with the French culture, giving interesting results. It includes [[Champagne-Ardennes]], [[Alsace]], [[Lorraine]] and [[Franche-Comte]].
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* The North-East is a region where the European culture (and specially [[Germany]] culture) has merged with the French culture, giving interesting results. It includes [[Alsace]], [[Lorraine]], [[Champagne-Ardennes]] and [[Franche-Comte]].
 
* The Great West is an oceanic region, with a culture more influenced by the ancient Gaelic and Anglo-Saxon people. It includes [[Bretagne]], [[Basse-Normandie]], and [[Pays de la Loire]].
 
* The Great West is an oceanic region, with a culture more influenced by the ancient Gaelic and Anglo-Saxon people. It includes [[Bretagne]], [[Basse-Normandie]], and [[Pays de la Loire]].
 
* The Center is an agricultural region, with valleys and old mountains. It includes [[Centre]], [[Poitou-Charentes]], [[Bourgogne]], [[Limousin]], and [[Auvergne]].
 
* The Center is an agricultural region, with valleys and old mountains. It includes [[Centre]], [[Poitou-Charentes]], [[Bourgogne]], [[Limousin]], and [[Auvergne]].
* The South-West is a region of sea and wine, with nice beaches over the atlantic ocean, as well as young, high mountains close to Spain. It includes [[Aquitaine]] and [[Midi-Pyrenees]].
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* The South-West is a region of sea and wine, with nice beaches over the atlantic ocean, as well as young, high mountains close to [[Spain]]. It includes [[Aquitaine]] and [[Midi-Pyrenees]].
* The South-East is the main touristic region of the country, with a warm climate and sea, as well as tall mountains. It includes [[Rhone-Alpes]], [[Languedoc-Roussillon]] and [[Provence-Alpes-Cotes d'Azur]].
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* The South-East is the main touristic region of the country, with a warm climate and sea, as well as tall mountains. It includes [[Rhone-Alpes]], [[Languedoc-Roussillon]], [[Provence-Alpes-Cotes d'Azur]] and [[Corse]].
  
 
==Cities==
 
==Cities==
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* [[Paris]] -- the capital of France
 
* [[Paris]] -- the capital of France
* [[Lyon]] -- second biggest city in size
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* [[Lyon]] -- second ex-aequo biggest city in size
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* [[Marseille]] -- second ex-aequo biggest city in size
 
* [[Nice]]
 
* [[Nice]]
 
* [[Arles]]
 
* [[Arles]]
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* [[Dijon]]
 
* [[Dijon]]
 
* [[Bordeaux]] -- city of wine, capital of South-West
 
* [[Bordeaux]] -- city of wine, capital of South-West
* [[Strasbourg]]
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* [[Strasbourg]] -- European capital (EU parliament and European Council)
 
* [[Nancy]]
 
* [[Nancy]]
 
* [[Toulouse]] -- very, very nice and lively city
 
* [[Toulouse]] -- very, very nice and lively city
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==Talk==
 
==Talk==
  
French is the language of choice in France. In the south, the language is closer to Catalan than to French, and is called Langue d'Oc (because the word for "yes" is ''oc'') or Provençal. In Bretagne, Breton is spoken; this Celtic language sounds like French, but is incomprehensible unless you also know Welsh. In parts of Aquitaine, they speak Basque, but not as much as on the Spanish side of the border.
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French is the language of choice in France. In Alsace and part of Lorraine is spoken a kind of German language. In the south, the language is closer to Catalan than to French, and is called ''Langue d'Oc'' (because the word for "yes" is ''oc'') or Provençal. In Bretagne, Breton is spoken; this Celtic language sounds like French, but is incomprehensible unless you also know Welsh. In parts of Aquitaine, they speak Basque, but not as much as on the Spanish side of the border. In Corse is spoken a kind of Italian language.
  
 
Some Parisians are snobbish about French and will correct your French, or spit at you if you talk English to them. People elsewhere in France are more tolerant.
 
Some Parisians are snobbish about French and will correct your French, or spit at you if you talk English to them. People elsewhere in France are more tolerant.
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
France is part of the Eurozone, so like in many other [[European Union]] countries the currency here is the '''euro''' (symbol: '''€''').
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France is part of the Eurozone, so like in many other [[European Union]] countries the currency here is the '''euro''' (symbol: '''''').
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==

Revision as of 09:29, 22 January 2004

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Quick Facts
CapitalParis
Governmentrepublic
Currencyeuro (EUR)
Area547,030 sq km
Population59,765,983 (July 2002 est.)
LanguageFrench 100%, some regional dialects
ReligionRoman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%


Contents

Regions

France is divided into 22 administrative regions, which themselves can be grouped into 7 main "cultural regions", which share common points.

Cities

The biggest cities in France, and the cities which cannot be missed if you want to visit thoroughly the country, are listed below.

Understand

France is a very old country.

See also: European Union

Get in

By plane

By train

By car

By bus

By boat

Get around

Talk

French is the language of choice in France. In Alsace and part of Lorraine is spoken a kind of German language. In the south, the language is closer to Catalan than to French, and is called Langue d'Oc (because the word for "yes" is oc) or Provençal. In Bretagne, Breton is spoken; this Celtic language sounds like French, but is incomprehensible unless you also know Welsh. In parts of Aquitaine, they speak Basque, but not as much as on the Spanish side of the border. In Corse is spoken a kind of Italian language.

Some Parisians are snobbish about French and will correct your French, or spit at you if you talk English to them. People elsewhere in France are more tolerant.

See also: French phrasebook

Buy

France is part of the Eurozone, so like in many other European Union countries the currency here is the euro (symbol: ).

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Learn

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Work

Stay safe

Stay healthy

Respect

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