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Mini-Guide To France France

France is located in Western Europe and is the most visited country in the world. It has a population of about 64 million people and French is the main language. Paris is the capital of France and is a large multicultural city in the north of the country. It has numerous attractions including the world famous Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysee, Louvre and Notredamme. It also also deemed the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world.

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France has a good motorway network - although a large proportion of "autoroutes" are tolls - where you take a ticket when getting on the motorway, and when you come off you pay a fee depending on the distance travelled. For any major long journey, the autoroute is by far the best way to travel as they are rarely very busy - except around major towns and cities. In the south of the country, mediterranean coastal resorts such as Marseille and Nice are popular with tourists and hot weather is almost guaranteed in the summer months. France also hosts the Tour De France, the most famous bicycle race in the wold where riders travel the breadth of the country over several weeks with each day being a separate stage. The official currency in France is now the Euro. Eating out in France is cheap and restuarants are proud to cook authentic french food - including a famous delicacy of frogs legs. France is famous for its wine with regions such as Bordeaux, Loire, Cotes du Rhone and Burgundy. This wine industry is a large proportion of France's agricultural exports. France is also linked to the United Kingdom by the Eurotunnel - a 30 mile tunnel under the sea that links England and France. The Eurostar train service has numerous daily journeys through the tunnel carrying passeners, cars, lorries and other vehicles between the two countries.