Information

Population: 64 204 247

Surface: 552 000 km²

Organisation: 22 regions

National Day: 14 July

Life expectancy: 79 years-old for men, 85 years-old for women

Health System: Good services. Foreigners require a travel insurance.

Safety: There is a high threat from terrorism. Most visits are trouble-free. The most common problem reported is pick-pocketing - source.

Foreign Languages: Most of the french people speaks only french.

Known for:  Paris, Eiffel tower, butter, croissants, baguette, crepe, margarine, foie gras, Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux wine, Brie cheese, Camembert cheese, Roquefort cheese, perfumes, fashion, cosmetics, TVA Tax, Palace of Versailles, Louvre Museum, Napoleon Bonaparte, Gauguin, Rodin, Monet, Delacroix, French Revolution, TGV

Economy

Currency: Euro
Economy - milions: 2.829.192 billions US dollars (2014), 6th economy of the planet
Medium salary-net: 2.183,89 Euro  (2014)
Taxes: 20% TVA + 33% Profit Tax

Culture

National Poet: Victor Hugo

National Artist: Paul Gauguin

National History Figure: Napoleon Bonaparte

Religion: Roman Catholic 65%, No Religion 25%, Islam 8%

Transport

Transport: Taxed highways and fast trains

The public transport is good, around 1,50 Euro – 1 hour

Subway: Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Rennes, Toulouse

Shopping

ALL the BIG brands are here.
Shops are usually open from 9.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 19.00

Comercial Centers or Malls are open from 8.30 - 21.00 non stop

On SUNDAYS shops are closed (except for some grocery, gardening and DIY shops )

Sport

Favourite sports: Football is the favorite. Basket, tennis, rugby, cycling, motorsports, handball also follow.

Sport infrastructure is very good developed. Here you will meet all the conditions for performance.

The National Football TeamGames are the most important events of the year.

Favourite football teams:   – PSG (Paris Saint Germain) , Olympique Marseille, Olympique Lyon, OSC Lille, Girondins de Bordeaux

Sport personalities :  Michel Platini, Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Eric Cantona, Tony Parker, Yannick Noah, Bernard Hinault

Health

European Emergency Number: 112

Police-Safety: 17

French Emergency Number (SAMU): 15

Fireman Number: 18

SOS Medicine Number - (Mobile doctors,not ambulance): 3624

France has very good medical services and it is free if you have your European Health Card or a Private Insurance for the none EU.