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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
by Thomasina Glenn
Paris, France
Where is France?
country info
climate: The climate in France varies from south to north, with a warm Mediterranean climate charactter. The west, which is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, is generally cool and cloudy even during the summer. Precipitation varies by region and altitude, with more than 50 inches falling in an average year in the west and lighter rainfall in the central and eastern regions.erizing the south and cooler temperatures in the north. Generally, summers are mild and winters are cold, though summers in the south can be significantly hot
Government and Economy
The 1 official language of France is French.

In addition, there are more than 7 officially recognized languages:

What is going on in France?
•unemployment is high in France (over 9%) and very high for the less qualified workers.
•Racism : Black and Arab youngsters from poor areas are the first victims of racism to find a job and, if they can afford it, to rent an apartment
Unitary semi-presidential republic with both a President and a Prime minister.
Mont Blanc: It is 4,807 meters high and is the highest peak in France.
The Loire is the longest river in France, flowing for well over 600 miles or 1000 km. The Rhine and Seine rivers are famous rivers in France that have numerous tributaries.
President: François Hollande
France is a liberal and capitalist economy.
1 Euro equals
1.30 US Dollar
The GDP per capita is $ 35,500.
Agriculture - products: wheat, cereals, sugar beets, potatoes, wine grapes; beef, dairy products; fish
Success in industries such as nuclear, space and aviation, rail, video games and animation.
The mainstream population is white caucasian. There are some variations across the country with people tending to be (slightly) taller and fairer up North.

People of North African descent make up the larger non-indigenous group. They are informally called Arabs despite coming often from North African indigenous ethnic groups (Berbères, Kabyles). Algeria is by far the main country of origin, then Morroco, then Tunisia.

Black Africans from various ethnic groups coming mainly from the former French colonies in Western and Central Africa. There are also African-Caribbeans.

Asians, mainly from Vietnam. Some groups from Laos too (for instance the Hmong who were famously resettled in the jungle of French Guiana.

Various groups coming from non-French-speaking countries : Chinese, Tamil.
The main religions of France are: Roman Catholic 85%, Muslim 10%, Protestant 2%, and Jewish 1%.
Public Holidays

1 January New Year's Day (Jour de l'an)
1 May Labor Day (Fête du premier mai)
8 May WWII Victory Day (Fête de la Victoire 1945; Fête du huitième mai)
14 July Bastille Day (Fête nationale)
15 August Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Assomption)
1 November All Saints Day (La Toussaint)
11 November Armistice Day (Jour d'armistice)
25 December Christmas Day (Noël)
26 December 2nd Day of Christmas (in Alsace and Lorraine only)

Moveable Feasts

Religion: Christian (Western)
Burning cars is a very frequent form of "minor criminality" in French poor suburbs. In 2005, 45,288 were burned (+30% on 2004). About a third are stolen cars, another third insurance fraud attempts. For the last third, it is remarkable to observe that it is a particularly stupid crime since the perpetrators (typically, kids aged 10 to 12) burn the cars of their own parents who need them to go to work and can't afford to replace them.
Places to stay in France
Nice, France
Palais de la méditerranée has the number nine best pool in the world!
Everland is a Hotel with only one room including a bathroom, a king-size bed and a lounge. The bounteous dimensioned room represents the subjective dream of a hotel: the architecture, the playful details, as well as the request to steal the golden embroidered bath towels.
Paris, France
The Eiffel Tower, which stands over 300 meters in height, is France's most popular tourist attraction. It was designed by the engineer for whom it is named, Gustav Eiffel, a native of Dijon. The tower was built between 1887 and 1889. Made of iron and weighing over 10,000 tons, it stands in an open space called the Champs-de-Mars. It was initially intended as a temporary structure, erected for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 as a demonstration of engineering techniques.
The Arc de Triomphe has a commanding view of one of Paris's broadest and most elegant streets, the Avenue des Champs Élysées. Construction began in neoclassical Roman style in 1806 on the instructions of Napoleon. Its purpose was to commemorate his military victories, but work was interrupted following Napoleon's fall and the monument was not completed until the 1830s. Beneath the arch is the tomb of the unknown soldier, the remains of whom were interred here in 1920.
Edgar Degas

Born: July 19, 1834,

Died: September 27, 1917,
Little Dancer of Fourteen Years
Created: 1879–1881
Notre Dame de Paris
The cathedral is adorned with 2,303 statues, including the famous Smiling Angel.
Notre-Dame de Reims is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. A World Heritage site, the 13th century cathedral has characteristics all its own, in particular its lighting, statuary and unity of style.
aux trois éléphants
(thank you)







Good Friday* 6 April 29 March 18 April 3 April 25 March 14 April
Easter (Pâques) 8 April 31 March 20 April 5 April 27 March 16 April
Easter Monday 9 April 1 April 21 April 6 April 28 March 17 April
Ascension (l'Ascencion) 17 May 9 May 29 May 14 May 5 May 25 May
Pentecost (la Pentecôte) 27 May 19 May 8 June 24 May 15 May 4 June
Whit Monday 28 May 20 May 9 June 25 May 16 May 5 June
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