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About France

France is located in Europe and Paris is the capital city. It is the number one most visited destination for tourists in the world! Millions flock to France to view such wonders as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, as well as the many castles and natural wonders dotted all over the country.


France is an influential part of the EU. Their citizens get the benefit of the so-called 'four freedoms' of the EU, which guarantees the free movement of goods, capital, services, and people.

Throughout history France has played an important part in global trends and fashion and is revered around the world for it's culture and cuisine. Read our complete guide to France in the Explore-the-World-from-Home Guide to France in the shop and complete all the challenges to test your new-found knowledge!

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The Vital Stats:

  • Official Name: French Republic

  • Population: 67 million (2019)

  • Area: 640,679 sq km (42nd in the world)

  • Capital: Paris

  • National Language: French

  • Say Hello: Bonjour or Salut! (Hi!)

  • Anthem: “La Marseillaise”

  • Motto: “Liberté, égalité, fraternité”

  • Currency: Euro

  • Driving Side: Right

  • Time Zone: UTC+1 (Central European Time)

  • GDP per capita: $42,643 (20th in the world)

Fun Facts about France for kids

  • ‘Liberty Leading the People’ (pictured) is a painting by Eugène Delacroix. It is about the French Revolution in 1830. In the painting, a woman leads people forward in a battlefield holding the French Tricolour flag. This painting has become a symbol of the French Republic

  • The TGV is a French train that travels between cities in France. In April 2007 a TGV train became the fastest wheeled train in commercial use and reached a speed of 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph) in a special run.

  • The French motto “Liberté, égalité, fraternité”, means “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”. This concept of freedom and equality is a big deal in France and the people do not hesitate to protest to defend their rights!

  • The idea of bringing back the Olympics was envisioned by a Frenchman in 1894, Pierre de Coubertin.

  • The French language is precious! In France, the Académie française, (the French Academy), is a government department that looks after everything to do with the French language.

  • The very first artworks in France can be found on the walls of the caves at Lascaux. They were painted about 10,000 years ago!

  • In fact France has been at the centre of many art movements. Pablo Picasso was heavily influenced by the art culture in France and spent a lot of his life there.

  • France is the number one tourist destination in the world!. According to the U.N. France has over 89 million visitors each year, beating Spain in second place with 83 million.

  • About 10% of the French economy is dedicated to making cars. They have such famous brands as Citroen, Peugeot, and Renault.

  • As well as cars, France is heavily involved in making aeroplanes through the European company Airbus. The Airbus A320 is the most popular plane in the world!

  • You probably know more about French cuisine than you realise. Do you recognise these? Pâté, escargot, baguette, cocque au vin,quiche Lorraine, croissant, pain-au-chocolat, lemon curd tart, madeleines, tarte tatin? These are all as French as can be!

‘Liberty Leading the People’ by Eugène Delacroix
The ancient cave paintings at Lascaux
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A TGV train running at top speed
‘Liberty Leading the People’ by Eugène Delacroix
The ancient cave paintings at Lascaux
A TGV train running at top speed