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Welcome to Travel Guide 2 France, the site about travel, tourism and vacations in France.

The French Republic (French: République française), usually simply known as France, is a country principally located in Western Europe, but also including islands and territories in other continents:
    Metropolitan France (i.e. the European part of the country) has land borders with Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain and Switzerland as well as being connected to the United Kingdom by the Channel Tunnel.

  • Metropolitan France also includes the large island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea, and has coasts on the Mediterranean, the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean.

  • There are currently eleven overseas departments and territories in France, the majority of which are either islands or groups of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Indian Ocean or Pacific Ocean. Through these overseas departments, France also shares borders with Brazil and Suriname (which borders French Guiana), and the Netherlands Antilles (which borders Saint Martin).

Map of France As of 2007, France has an estimated population of 64,102,140, of whom 61,538,322 live in Metropolitan France.

The capital and largest city in France is Paris with a population of over 2.1 million. Additionally, there are 36 other cities in France with populations of 100,000 or more. Cities in France with populations in excess of 1 million people include: France has a modern developed economy, the sixth largest in the world. The French economy combines private enterprise with government intervention and inflence over key sectors of the economy, such as aircraft, electricity, railway and telecommunications firms. However, the amount of government influence in the economy has been gradually reducing for the last 10 to 15 years, and the government has in fact slowly been selling off its holdings in firms like Air France and France Télécom.

France is of course a founding member of both the European Union and the euro zone. Since the end of World War II, France has been a leader in European integration, and the French government has been consistently keen to improve economic and political integration with Germany, the two countries forming the "core" of the European Union.

Visitors to France will particularly appreciate the many beautiful and historic sites in the capital, Paris, France's cultural riches, and the country's famous cuisine. Younger visitors also tend to enjoy the fact that France is home to a Disney resort (Disneyland Paris, which was formerly known as "Euro Disney").

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris:
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Cour Carrée du Louvre in Paris, France
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