France is a magnificent country rich in untouched nature and splendorous mountains, rivers, lush forests, and oceans. Established in 843, the French State is opulent in history, traditions, and culture. France is the most visited country in the world and yields the world’s most succulent foods and exceptional wines; Roquefort-sur-Soulzon produces the world-famous Roquefort cheese and Champagne yields Champagne, the world-renowned sparkling wine. Agriculture and tourism are France’s prime driving forces in the economy, bringing in an astonishing 75 million foreign tourists visiting every year. With all of this combined, it is easy to see why France is a splendorous country that has millions of tourists visiting each year.
Picturesque landscapes, quaint castles, and chic cities lie within France’s seemingly endless landmass.
Paris, the capital of France, is the most densely populated city in the country, with an estimated population of over two million people. Paris is known as the “city of romance” and receives thirty million foreign visitors per year. The most famous tourist attractions are the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame de Paris. Although Paris is the most populous, Marseille comes in second place with over 852,395 residents. Marseille is the oldest commune in France, with deciduous forests to the East, the Garlaban and Etoile mountain ranges to the North, and the Gulf of Lion to the West. It is celebrated for its old traditional dishes, especially bouillabaisse–a fish soup containing mussels, eel, whitefish, tomato, and other elements (Purvis). The third most populous city is Lyon, which comes in at over 472,305 residents. Lyon is recognized for being the capital of gastronomy, mostly because numerous amounts of France’s best chefs live there. An additional reason why Lyon is renowned for gastronomy is because two industrious wine-growing regions–the Beaujolais and the Côtes du Rhône–are located close to Lyon. Evidently, France is the mecca for succulent gourmet meals and exceptional wines!
France is the largest country in Western Europe and its Overseas and Metropolitan regions stretch over 643,427 square kilometers, roughly eighty percent of the size of Texas. With a population of 62,392,846 people, it is one of the most populous countries in all of Europe. Metropolitan France, which exclusively consists of continental France and the island of Corsica, is approximately 551,500 square kilometers in area. France has a hexagonal shape and is consistently referred to as L’Hexagone–its hexagonal shape allows it to border many European countries such as Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, and Andorra. Overseas France is composed of overseas departments, territories, and collectivities; it includes territories in the three major oceans, Antarctica, and on the South American coast. Metropolitan France, on the other hand, is divided into twenty-two régions, which are then divided...