The research below provides a short overview of France as a whole, along with practical information on travelling to France.
A wide variety of scenery awaits you, from the fertile plains and gently rolling hills of the north, moving southwards to the mountains of the Massif Central, and the majestic Alps and Pyrenées in the south, with the highest point at Mont Blanc rising to 4,808 metres. Coastlines are equally varied and range from the dramatic Atlantic to the west to the chic Mediterranean Riviera to the south. Whether you seek cosmopolitan Paris, picturesque, unspoilt country villages and chateaux, ski, golf or beach resorts, France offers a unique sense of charm and quality of life every step of the way. Culturally France offers fine arts, music, theatre, history and world-famous food and wine - - it is easy to see why it is Europe's most popular tourist destination.
France enjoys mild winters and long hot summers along the Mediterranean shores in the south. The rest of the country is cooler than in the south, but boasting warmer summer temperatures than in the UK.
Both World Wars brought many losses for France in terms of land, wealth and population. Following this period, relationships with France and Germany were completely destroyed while today they have become reunited under the framework of the European Union. As an economic leader of the European nations, France's socialist government puts defence, taxation, controlled social spending and monetary union at the forefront of its political agenda and provides a stable economic and political climate for foreign investors.
Visitors from EU member states are allowed to stay in France unlimited time but you must have.
If you are from Australia, Canada or USA and wish to stay longer than 90 days, you will need to apply to your nearest Embassy for the necessary documentation.
None, however it is recommended to keep up to date with tetanus and polio vaccinations.
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