Exploring France!

Tourist Locations

France is a world renowned touristic paradise. It is one of the most heavily visited places in the world due to its beautiful scenery and rich culture. With so many things to do and see, it might get a bit overwhelming making a decision. These are the top 5 must see tourist attractions.

Top 5 Tourist Locations

  1. Eiffel Tower

  2. Louvre Museum

  3. Palace of Versailles

  4. Mont Saint-Michel

  5. Provence


Although France is very popular for its scenery and its wealthy culture, it is also an economic global powerhouse. France has the 6th largest economy in the world. Tourism is definitely a key component of the economy and industry sectors but there are also some less known contributing factors that help fortify the economy.

Manufacturing and the energy sector in France are booming and show no signs of slowing down. These new sectors are helping France grow and prosper. France also exports also world famous luxury goods. They include wine, beer, cars, high fashion, and perfumes.

Top industries in France:

  1. Machinery

  2. Chemicals

  3. Electronics

  4. Textiles

  5. Food Processing

  6. Automobiles

  7. Tourism

Website with information source: Economy Watch


The land that today makes up the country of France has been settled for thousands of years. In 600 BC, a portion of the Greek Empire settled in Southern France and founded the city that is todaytoday Marseille, the oldest city in France. At the same time, Celtic Gauls were becoming prominent in the other areas of France. The Guals would sack the city of Rome in 390 BC. Later, the Romans would conquer Gual and the area would become a productive part of the Roman Empire until the 4th century.

In the 4th century, the Franks, which is where the name France comes from, began to take power. In 768 Charlemagne united the Franks and began to expand the kingdom. He was named the Holy Roman Emperor by the Pope and is today considered the founder of both the French and German monarchies. The French monarchy would continue to be a great power in Europe for the next 1000 years.

In 1792, the French Republic was proclaimed by the French Revolution. This didn't last long, however, as Napoleon grabbed power and made himself Emperor. He then proceeded to conquer most of Europe. Napoleon was later defeated and in 1870 the Third Republic was declared.

France suffered greatly in both World War I and World War II. During World War II France was defeated and occupied by the Germans. Allied forces liberated the country in 1944 after four years of German rule. A new constitution was set up by Charles de Gaulle and the Fourth Republic was formed.

Website with information source: Ducksters


The modern French population is largely native-born and represents a fusion of many peoples of Celtic, Germanic, Latin, and Slavic origins. Contrary to what has happened in many other countries, the immigrants have blended so well into existing French society that today it is difficult to determine the ethnic origins of most French citizens. More ethnically prominent are the 20th-century immigrants, including an estimated 4 million foreigners--mainly Portuguese, Spanish, and Italians--and many French citizens, a large number of them Arabs, who entered France in the 1960s from former French colonies in Algeria and sub-Saharan Africa. In 1990 an estimated 2.5 million North Africans lived in France.

The French language is understood and spoken by virtually the entire population, although other languages and dialects persist alongside French in peripheral areas; they include BASQUE, Alsatian, Corsican, Breton, Provencal, Catalan, and Flemish. About 80% of the population nominally belongs to the Roman Catholic church , although only a minority of these participate regularly in church activities. Protestants constitute less than 2% of the population; Jews, about 1%; Muslims, who have entered France recently from former North African colonies, about 4%.

Website with information source: Discover France


Top Five French Festivals

  • Cirque de Demain
    • Sedan Castle is one of the great European castles and is a worthy host for the thousands of people who come here to experience the atmosphere of the Middle Ages for this medieval festival. Traditional banquets, fairs, tournaments, wrestling competitions and sword duels await festivalgoers. The medieval fest runs from 20 to 21 May in 2017.
    • Website: www.cirquededemain.paris
  • Nice Carnival
    • The Nice Carnival is one of the largest carnivals in the world. There are 15 days (and nights) of carnival parades with fantastically decorated floats.
    • Website: www.nicecarnaval.com
  • International Garden Festival
    • Every year since 1992, the gardens of Chateau Chaumont-sur-Loire play host to the annual Festival des Jardins, a garden festival with up to 30 themed gardens. From over 300 proposals, 20 to 30 gardens are selected for inclusion in the festival, with contributions from the UK, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy.
    • Website: www.domaine-chaumont.fr
  • Festival Medieval de Sedan
    • Sedan Castle is one of the great European castles and is a worthy host for the thousands of people who come here to experience the atmosphere of the Middle Ages for this medieval festival. Traditional banquets, fairs, tournaments, wrestling competitions and sword duels await festivalgoers. The medieval fest runs from 20 to 21 May in 2017.
    • Website: www.chateau-fort-sedan.fr
  • Cannes Film Festival
    • This International Film Festival was created by a French Minister of Education and Fine Arts who was keen to establish an international cultural event in France to rival the Venice Film Festival. Today, more than 30,000 professionals from all over the world meet at the festival.
    • Website: www.festival-cannes.com

Famous Inhabitants

Top Five French Actors/Actress

  • Julie Delpy
    • Julie Delpy was born in Paris, France, in 1969 to Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet, both acros. She awas first featured in Detective by Jean-Luc Godard at the age of 14. She has starred in many American and European productions since then, including The Three Musketeers and Killing Zoe.
  • Audrey Tautou
    • Audrey Justine Tautou was born on August9, 1976 in Beaumont, France, to Evelyne Marie Laure, a teacher, and Bernard Tautou, a dental surgeon. Audrey showed an interest for comedy at an early age and started her acting lessons at Cours Florent. In 1998 she won the best young actress award.
  • Jean Reno
    • Jean Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jimenez in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents from Andalucia who moved to North Africa to seek work. His father was a linotypist. Reno Settled in France at 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films.
  • Gad Elmaleh
    • Gad was born in Morocco in April 1971. His father was a mime. He was student at Georges Bizet school and Lycee Lyautey in Casablanca but did not like school much. In 1988, Gad left Casablanca to go to Montreal. He stayed there for 4 years, during which he was a political science student for one year.In 1992, he came to Paris and took Le Cours Florent course where he has, among others, Isabelle Nanty as a teacher. He wrote a one-man show named Decalages which told a lot about his experiences in Montreal and Paris in 1996.
  • Marion Cotillard
    • Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Raised in Orleans, France, she made her acting debut as a child with a role in one of her fathers plays. She studied drama at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique in Orleans. After small appearances and performances in theater, Cotillard had occasional and minor roles in TV series such as Highlander (1992) and Extreme limite (1994), but her career as a film actress began in the mid-1990s.


Five French Wines You Have to Try Before You Die

  • Domaine Leroy Musigny
    • Coche-Dury is best known for its white wines, but Domaine Leroy is best known for red. The Grand Cru vineyard of Musigny is one of the best plots for Pinot Noir in all of Burgundy, and this wine is liquid power and finesse in a bottle.
    • Price: 4,500.00
  • Domaine Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne
    • Best known for its world class Chardonnays, all the wines display a level of purity and honesty that is becoming less and less common today.
    • Price: 2,700.00
  • Chateau-Grillet
    • Chateau-Grillet is an appelation unto itself. Producing just one wine from the Viognier grape with notes of honey and apricot, a bottle can be challenging to come by because of its small production
    • Price: 100.00
  • Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX
    • Sancerre is probably the most famous Sauvignon Blanc appellation in the world, but the region also produces red wine. Red Sancerre is always 100 percent Pinot Noir, and Generation XIX has all of the depth and complexity you would expect from world-class Burgundy.
    • Price: 85.00
  • Chateau Simone Palette Rouge
    • This Grenache/Mourvedre blend is one of the most unique wines in all of France, with deeply nuanced fruit, earth, and spice flavors unlike anything else being produced today. Plus, the entire Palette appellation consists of just one winery, Chateau Simone.
    • Price: 48.00

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