France is the third largest country in Europe. It has a border with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Andorra and Spain. The map below shows the main cities of France.
The flag of France is made up of three vertical bands of blue, white and red. It is called the Tricolor.
This is a picture of Paris, the capital city of France.
Paris is built on the River Seine, France's second longest river. The bridge you can see in the picture is the Pont des Arts (Bridge of the arts) which links the Institute of France with the Louvre Palace Square.
Other famous landmarks in Paris include:
The Eiffel Tower, Arch de Triomphe, Notre Dame cathedral, Sacre Coeur church, Palace of Versailles
This is a picture of the river Loire, the longest river in France. It is 1,012 Km (629 miles) long. The source, or beginning of the river is in the Massif Central hills about 100km (62 miles) south-west of Lyon. It travels north-west to Orleans then turns west passing through Nantes before reaching the Atlantic Ocean. The picture shows a bridge crossing the river at Nantes.
This is a picture of the highest mountain in France, Mont Blanc (White Mountain). It is also the highest mountain in Europe and reaches a height of 4,810 metres (15,781 ft). It is in the Alps on the French/Italian border and very close to the Swiss border. The picture has been taken from Switzerland looking across Lake Geneva.
Lake Geneva which is partly in Switzerland and partly in France is one of the largest lakes in Europe measuring 73km (45.3 miles) by 14km (8.7 miles).
The largest lake in France is Lac du Bourget measuring 18km (11.2 miles) by 3.5km (2.2 miles)
The Eiffel Tower in Paris is the most famous landmark in France.
It was designed by Gustave Eiffel and built in 1889. It is 324 metres (1,063 feet) tall. It is the tallest building in Paris and the second tallest building in France. It was the tallest building in the World until 1930
France is also famous for the Tour de France. A cycle race that takes place in July of each year and includes much of France and sometimes passes through neighbouring countries.
The race lasts for around 23 days and covers 3,200 km (2,000 miles).
Other things associated with France are:
Wine - An alcoholic drink made from grapes, yeast and sugar
Art - A lot of great artists have been French - Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir
Fashion - Many of the World's top fashion designers have been French - Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier
Key words associated with France are:
Arch de Triomphe, artists, beret, bread, cheese, Citroen, croissants, Eiffel Tower, fashion, frogs legs, garlic, guillotine, Lasceaux Caves, Moulin Rouge, Mont Blanc, Onions, Palace of Versailles, perfume, Renault, Seine river, snails, The Alps, The Pyrenees, tour de France, wine
20 Famous French People
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Rodin, Brigitte Bardot, Charles de Gaulle, Claude Monet, Coco Chanel, Edgar Degas, Georges Bizet, Gustave Eiffel, Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Joan of Arc, Louis Pasteur, Maurice Ravel, Marie Antoinette, Marie Curie, Napoleon Bonaparte, Paul Cezanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane
Harvard Reference for this page:
Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Tiffany Macbeth in France. Available: http://www.tiffanymacbeth.com/Travels/france.htm. Last accessed