France offers up a kaleidoscope of experiences, like discovering the chic and cosmopolitan city of Paris, the sunlit vineyards of the wine country, the white-sand beaches along the Cote d'Azur, and the relaxing rolling countryside. The country where it's ok to stuff your face with pastries, fresh seafood, cheese and bread, then guzzle it all down with some delicious wine. Click an image below to explore that region OR check out our top French Holiday Resorts HERE...
More has been written about Paris than probably any other city in the modern world. It is a place that fascinates people. It can bring out the artist in even the most ardent philistine. There are more famous landmarks here than any other city on earth - the iconic Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Champs Elysee; two of the greatest museums in the world - the colossal Louvre, home of the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo and the ultra-modern Pompidou Centre. The dining is sensational, the nightlife electric and the atmosphere simply oozes romance. Only two hours away on the TGV, the ‘gastronomic capital of France’, Lyons is also a treasure trove of beautiful architecture, splendid museums, wonderful parks and fine wine. The wild at heart may prefer Marseille, a truly unique city quite unlike any other in France. Colourful, crowded and cosmopolitan it’s not surprising it is referred to as ‘France’s New Orleans’. Or visit the birthplace of modern tourism, Nice with it's Mediterranean beaches and world-class entertainment plus the very best in sports and leisure activities. Those looking for a taste of quintessential France should make the pilgrimage to Bordeaux - a city rich in culture, with a history stretching back over 2000 years not to mention the world's finest wine.
France is far too vast a country to do justice in a few paragraphs. There is so much to do, from skiing in Chamonix to sunbathing in the uniquely elegant La Baule; from sipping Europe’s most popular beer in it's birthplace Strasbourg, to surfing off the coast of Brittany. It is a country where love, wine and fashion are virtual religions, where people pride themselves in their nationality and steadfastly maintain traditions. It is history, it is adventure, it is art, it is poetry but above all it is romance.
Chateaux and Wines of the Loire.
Eating and Drinking – The Secret Places.
The French Alps.
Economy of France:
France's economy is highly dependent on tourism. In 2018, the country welcomed a record 89.4 million foreign visitors, who spent around $63 billion, making it the most visited country in the world. Other major contributors to the economy include the automotive industry, chemical production, aerospace, and telecommunications. The country also has an advanced agricultural sector.
France is a member of the European Union (EU) and the eurozone, and it is part of the Schengen Area. This means that it has access to the EU's single market and is part of the Eurozone, which allows for the free movement of goods, services, capital, and people within the EU. This, combined with the country's highly developed infrastructure, has made it an attractive destination for foreign investment and businesses.
France has the second-largest number of Fortune 500 companies in Europe, and it is the world's fourth-largest recipient of foreign direct investment. The government has implemented a number of reforms in recent years to make it easier for businesses to operate in France, including reducing bureaucracy and making the tax system more competitive.
France has a strong social welfare system and high levels of public investment. The government provides generous health care and unemployment benefits, as well as pensions and other social services. It also spends heavily on education, which has helped it achieve a high level of literacy and a skilled workforce.
Overall, France has a well-developed and dynamic economy that is highly integrated into the global economy. It is a major exporter of goods and services and a strong recipient of foreign investment. Its strong social welfare system and high levels of public investment have allowed it to remain competitive in the global economy.
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