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It's easy to see why France is the world's top travel destination. Whatever you want to see, do or experience, France has it. And the beauty of a French vacation is that it's spectacular, whether elegant or simple. You can stay in the Ritz in Paris, rub elbows with celebrities in Cannes or Saint-Tropez, and visit the breathtaking castles along the Loire. Or, you can explore the wonders of France's natural beauty — the largest beach in Europe, the Alps, the Seine river valley, and Mediterranean islands such as Corsica. Local legend holds that, after God created the earth, the sun, the mountains and the sea, the leftovers of each were used to create the paradise of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. Once you've seen the jagged coastline and turquoise waters in Nice, you'll believe it's true. French cuisine, whether traditional, ethnic or nouveaux, is world-renowned. Yet you can just as blissfully dine on cheese, a baguette and some of the famous French wines, from regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne. French history is as rich as its cuisine, from the Celts and Romans to Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution to the French Resistance and the beaches of Normandy. Or you can see history in the making in Burgundy, where a medieval castle is being built today. And certainly nowhere in the world is more famous for its artists than France, home of Monet, Manet, Gauguin, Degas and Renoir, just to name a few. While a visit to the Louvre or Musee d'Orsay is always recommended, you can also soak up today's artistic life with a stroll along the left bank of the Seine. Whether you want to put on the Ritz or avoid the glitz, your vacation to France will be the trip of a lifetime.

 

Famous Residents

Famous people that live in or are from France
  • Claude Monet
  • Victor Hugo
  • Pierre Curie
  • Gustave Eiffel
  • Henri Matisse
  • Jeanne d'Arc
  • Marcel Marceau
  • George Auguste Escoffier
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
  • Charles de Gaulle
  • Voltaire
  • Andre Citroen
  • Jules Verne
  • Edouard Manet
  • Christian Dior
  • Josephine Baker
  • Alexandre Dumas
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • Georges Bizet
  • Louis Braille
  • Paul Gauguin
  • Catherine Deneuve
  • Marquis de Sade
  • Paul Cezanne
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Coco Chanel
  • Louis Pasteur
  • Claude Debussy
  • Yves Saint-Laurent
  • Honore de Balzac
  • Marcel Proust
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Francois Mitterrand
  • Armand Peugeot
  • Pierre Cardin
  • Blaise Pascal
  • Auguste Rodin
  • Camille Pissarro
  • George Seurat
  • Sarah Bernhardt
  • Charles Perrault
  • Edgar Degas
  • Gerard Depardieu
  • Brigitte Bardot
  • Leslie Caron
 

 

Local Color

What makes France unique
  • Pétanque
  • Babyfoot
  • Frog Legs
  • Raclette
  • Crêpes
 

 

Nicknames

France's alter egos
  • The French Republic
  • The Hexagon
  • The Eldest Daughter of the Church
 

 

Major Industries

Most profitable industries in France
  • Tourism
  • Aerospace
  • Nuclear Technology
  • Agriculture
  • Wine
  • Cheese
 

 

Geographic Regions

Regions that extend into France
  • Coastal Plains
  • The Alps
  • Massif Central
  • Mediterranean Coast
  • Loire River valley
  • Seine River valley
  • Garonne River valley
  • Rhône River valley