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France

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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%


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

http://www.centrepompidou.fr/ http://www.louvre.fr/

Work

Stay safe

Stay healthy

Respect

Contact

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