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About France

    Where is France?

    Flag of France Metropolitan France: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain

    French Guiana: Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Brazil and Suriname

    Guadeloupe: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Puerto Rico

    Martinique: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago

    Mayotte: Southern Indian Ocean, island in the Mozambique Channel, about half way between northern Madagascar and northern Mozambique

    Reunion: Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar

    Capital: Paris Coordinates: 48° 52" North, 2° 20" East
    Map of France

    What is the France weather like?

    Metropolitan France: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral

    French Guiana: tropical; hot, humid; little seasonal temperature variation

    Guadeloupe and Martinique: subtropical tempered by trade winds; moderately high humidity; rainy season (June to October); vulnerable to devastating cyclones (hurricanes) every eight years on average

    Mayotte: tropical; marine; hot, humid, rainy season during northeastern monsoon (November to May); dry season is cooler (May to November)

    Reunion: tropical, but temperature moderates with elevation; cool and dry (May to November), hot and rainy (November to April)

    Traveling to France

    Traveling by air

    There are 464 airports in France, 294 of which are paved.

    There are 1 heliports in France.


    Traveling by car

    There are 1,028,446 Km of highways in France.


    Traveling by water

    The most important ports and harbours are in major seaport(s): Brest, Calais, Dunkerque, Le Havre, Marseille, Nantes,

    river port(s): Paris, Rouen (Seine); Strasbourg (Rhine); Bordeaux (Garronne)

    container port(s): Le Havre (2,215,262)(2011)

    cruise/ferry port(s): Calais, Cherbourg, Le Havre

    LNG terminal(s) (import): Fos-sur-Mer, Pays de la Loire.


    Traveling by train

    There are 29,640 Km of railways in France.