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France is a destination for those who enjoy history, culture and the art of living well. This taste for life is evident from the chic boulevards of Paris to the sparkling ski slopes of the Alps. A visit to France is basking in sunlit vineyards or sun-baked beaches, a dusty game of boules, or coffee and croissants in an undiscovered village. France offers the glamorous jet-set lifestyle of the Mediterranean, or a relaxing picnic in Provence, where the air is fragrant with wild herbs and lavender. World heritage sites include prehistoric caves and the standing stones of Carnac. For culture vultures France offers a feast for the eyes, from the finest art collections in the Louvre or Orsay museums, verdant parks and gardens, the architectural masterpieces of the past abbeys, cathedrals and châteaux such as Chenonceau, Blois and Chantilly, to today's impressive modern monuments like the Arch at La Défense, or the Centre Georges Pompidou. There are sites of intimate charm like the Clos-Lucé d'Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci once lived, to the château of Auvers-sur-Oise where Impressionism blossomed … each tells its own story, its traditions, its residents, its character.

Regions in France

Alsace is a region in the northeast of France, and the smallest in metropolitan France.... READ MORE

Founded along the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees mountain range on the border with Spain, Aquitaine is one of the 26 regions of France.... READ MORE

The current administrative region of Auvergne is larger than the historical province of Auvergne, and includes provinces and areas that historically w... READ MORE

The region includes three departments, Calvados, Manche and Orne, that cover the part of Normandy traditionally termed "Lower Normandy" lying west of ... READ MORE

The Bay of Biscay lies along the western coast of France from Brest south to the Spanish border, it is a gulf of the North Atlantic Ocean.... READ MORE

The region of Bretagne is made up of 80% of the former duchy and province of Brittany. The remaining 20% of Brittany is the Loire-Atlantique departmen... READ MORE

Its capital is Orléans, although its largest city is Tours. The main feature of Centre is the Loire Valley. It includes the rich, fertile vall... READ MORE

Champagne-Ardenne iis one of the 27 regions of France. It is located in the northeast of the country, bordering Belgium, and consists of four departme... READ MORE

Although Corsica is the fourth largest island of France it is considered one of the 26 régions of France, although strictly speaking Corsica is... READ MORE

The term French West Indies refers to the four territories presently under French sovereignty in the Caribbean: the two overseas departments of Guadel... READ MORE

As part of France, Guadeloupe is part of the European Union; hence, as for most EU countries, its currency is the euro. However, Guadeloupe does not f... READ MORE

This division continues to provoke controversy, and some continue to call for regrouping of the two. However, the name Haute-Normandie existed prior t... READ MORE

Hautes-Alpes is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It consists of the southeast of the former p... READ MORE

Despite the name change, Ile-de-France is still popularly referred to by French people as the Region Parisienne ("Paris Region") or RP. Ninety percent... READ MORE

Being a former province of France Languedoc is continued in the modern-day régions of Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees in the south of Fr... READ MORE

As part of France, Martinique is part of the European Union, and its currency is the euro. Its official language is French, although almost all of its... READ MORE

The term was first used by Jules Dumont d'Urville in 1832 to denote an ethnic and geographical grouping of islands distinct from Polynesia and Microne... READ MORE

Nord-Pas de Calais has a border with Belgium and is one of the 26 regions of France. It is an extremely densely populated region with some 4 million i... READ MORE

Normandy is situated along the coast of France south of the English Channel between Brittany (to the west) and Picardy. It is a geographical region co... READ MORE

Other examples of "artificially created" regions include Rhone-Alpes, which was created as the region for Lyon, and Midi-Pyrenees, which was created a... READ MORE

The region of Picardy is considered by some to be an artificial entity, with the south of the Oise department lying inside the metropolitan area of Pa... READ MORE

The region of Picardy is considered by some to be an artificial entity, with the south of the Oise department lying inside the metropolitan area of Pa... READ MORE

Poitou-Charentes is an administrative region in central western France comprising four departments: Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres an... READ MORE

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur is one of the 26 regions of France made up of the former French province of Provence, the former papal territory of A... READ MORE

The Pyrenees are a range of mountains in southwest Europe that form a natural border between France and Spain.... READ MORE

Rhone-Alpes is located in the east of France. To the north are the French regions of Bourgogne (Burgundy) and Franche-Comte, to the west it borders th... READ MORE

Savoy on the western flank of the Alps that emerged following the collapse of the Frankish Kingdom of Burgundy is a region of Europe.... READ MORE

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