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République Française

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité: “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” is the French motto.

Hexagonal-shaped France belongs to both Northern and Southern Europe (see The Travel Guide: Northwestern Europe) and is the only country bordered by the North Sea, Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea on three sides. Centrally-located within Western Europe, two of its sides are bordered by the Alps and the Pyrenees Mountains.

Discover the Regions of France

CAPITAL REGION

Paris

20 Arrondissements

Île-de-France

Paris metropolitan area

CENTRAL FRANCE

Pays de la Loire

 Centre-Val de Loire

 Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

 Nouvelle Aquitaine

Poitou-Charentes + Limousin + Aquitaine

THE NORTH

Normandie

Bretagne

 Hauts-de-France

Nord-Pas-de-Calais + Picardy

Grand-Est

Champagne-Ardenne + Lorraine + Alsace

THE SOUTH

Occitanie

Midi-Pyrénées + Languedoc-Roussillon

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

MONACO (independent state below)

La Corse

OVERSEAS TERRITORIES

Caribbean Islands + South America

Guadeloupe and Martinique (Caribbean islands), Guyane (South America)

African Islands (Indian Ocean)

Mayotte and Réunion (islands)

Basics of France

Know Before You Go


French

official language

Euro €

currency

18

official regions

Paris

capital of France

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