France (officially the French Republic) is a country located in Western Europe, with several overseas islands and territories located on other continents. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is often referred to as L’Hexagone (“The Hexagon”) because of the geometric shape of its territory. France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its main ideals expressed in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.
Metropolitan France is bordered (clockwise from the north) by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra, and Spain. France’s overseas departments and collectivities also share land borders with Brazil and Suriname (bordering French Guiana), and the Netherlands Antilles (bordering Saint-Martin). France is linked to the United Kingdom by the Channel Tunnel, which passes underneath the English Channel.
France is the largest country in the European Union and the second largest in Europe. France has been a major power for many centuries with strong economic, cultural, military and political influence.
Its capital and largest city is Paris, which is situated on the banks of the beautiful River Seine and is one of the world’s foremost centers of culture, business, fashion and music, media, politics, science and education.
The city also has a wide range of options when it comes to places to stay for tourists, simply pick your choice from 5 star hotels, elegant high rise condominiums, BB’s, numerous inns and comfortable apartment Paris has a vast number of these in abundance to suit your preferences and budgets. As a result, Paris is one of the world’s major global cities with millions of tourists visiting this cosmopolitan city annually making the City of Lights the most visited city in the world and Paris knows it owes a lot to its booming tourism industry.