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Travel Info

Travel info


France attracted 78.95 million foreign tourists in 2010, making it the most popular tourist destination in the world.


EU nationals and citizens do not require a visa.

Citizens of Australia, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and Israel do not need visas to visit France as tourists for up to three months; the same goes for citizens of EU candidate countries.

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Major cities

 Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Amiens, Angers, Arles, Avignon, Bordeaux, Brest, Calais, Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand

Top tourist attractions

  • Paris
  • Versailles
  • Mont St Michel
  • Mont Blanc
  • Chateaux de la Loire
  • Carcassonne
  • Lascaux
  • Bordeaux
  • Cannes
  • Les Calanques


It has everything: a great city like Paris, good beaches, more monuments than any other country, lovely nature, incredible mountain scenery and many other things to offer.


Mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west. The lowest point is Rhone River delta (-2 m), the highest point - Mont Blanc (4,808 m).


The French climate is temperate, although it gets nippy in mountainous areas and in Alsace and Lorraine. The northwest suffers from high humidity, rain and biting westerly winds, while the Mediterranean south enjoys hot summers and mild winters.


Standard Rate 19.6%. Reduced Rate 5.5%, 2.1%.

Public holidays

  • 1 January – Jourdel'an– New Year's Day
  • April – Lundi de Pâques– Easter Monday
  • 1 May – Fête du travail– Labour Day
  • 8 May – Victoire1945– VE Day
  • May – Ascension– 40 days after Easter
  • May/June - Pentecôte– Monday after Pentecost
  • 14 July – Fête nationale– Bastille Day
  • 15 August – Assomption– Assumption of Mary
  • 1 November – Toussaint– All Saints
  • 11 November – Armistice 1918– Armistice Day
  • 25 December – Noël– Christmas Day