|Area Total||643,801 sq km|
|Climate||metropolitan France: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean|
|Natural Resources||coal, iron ore, bauxite, zinc uranium, antimony, arsenic, potash, feldspar, fluorspar, gypsum, timber, arable land, fish|
|Imports||Germany 18.5%, Belgium 10.2%, Netherlands 8.3%, Italy 7.9%, Spain 7.1%, UK 5.3%, US 5.2%, China 5.1% (2017) – machinery and equipment, vehicles, crude oil, aircraft, plastics, chemicals|
|Population||49.3 million (July 2018 est.)|
|Ethnicity||Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities|
|Language||French (official) 100%, declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish, Occitan, Picard)|
|Exports||Germany 14.8%, Spain 7.7%, Italy 7.5%, US 7.2%, Belgium 7%, UK 6.7% (2017) – machinery and transportation equipment, aircraft, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceutical products, iron and steel, beverages|
News about France
- A buyer's market? How French property prices are set to fall in 2023by The Local on December 3, 2022
The outlook for the French property market for buyers depends heavily on what kind of home you are looking for and where in France you want to live, but prices are set to fall in many places.
- How you can watch 2022 World Cup games on French TVby The Local on December 3, 2022
Not all the matches in the 2022 football World Cup are being broadcast for free on domestic French TV channels.
- French minister: US green plan should be 'wake-up call' for EU industryby The Local on December 3, 2022
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Friday said Washington's $430 billion plan to spur climate-friendly technologies in the United States must be seen as a wake-up call for Europe.
- Top French central banker in corruption probeby The Local on December 3, 2022
French prosecutors said Friday that they had opened a corruption investigation into top central banker Sylvie Goulard, who simultaneously stepped down from the Bank of France.
- Inside France: Bread, disaster movies and the Macron-Biden 'bromance'by The Local on December 3, 2022
From bread to bromances, via disaster movies and French icons, our weekly newsletter Inside France looks at what we have been talking about in France this week.
- Macron caps US state visit with New Orleans tripby The Local on December 2, 2022
President Emmanuel Macron on Friday headed to the southern American city of New Orleans, which retains much of its French-infused heritage, as he wraps up a rare three-day state visit to the United States.
- 80 years since daring 'cockleshell' raid on Nazi ships in Franceby The Local on December 2, 2022
France marks next week the 80th anniversary of a daring World War II raid by British Royal Marines, who slipped past German patrols up the Gironde estuary to mine crucial supply ships.
- 14 podcasts to help you understand France and the Frenchby The Local on December 2, 2022
If you want to learn more about France, learn some French or a bit of both, then podcasts are a great way to do it - here's our pick.
- Why 2023 (especially May) is a great year for holidays in Franceby The Local on December 2, 2022
Did you know that there are good years and bad years for holidays in France? Well 2023 is a good year, very good in fact . . .
- French Expression of the Day: Avoir des idées arrêtéesby The Local on December 2, 2022
This type of person knows what they like, and more importantly, what they don't like.
- EU approves France's domestic flights banby The Local on December 2, 2022
The European Commission has approved France's ground-breaking ban on domestic short-haul flights, a key part of the country's climate goals.
- Péage: Toll rates for motorists in France to increase in 2023by The Local on December 2, 2022
France's Ministry of Transport has announced that toll-fees will increase in 2023. Here is what motorists in France can expect.
- Calendar: School and public holidays in France for 2023by The Local on December 2, 2022
As the new year approaches, many in France may already be forward to holidays and family trips in 2023. Here are the days off you can begin planning for.
- French rail workers threaten more strikes over Christmas holidaysby The Local on December 2, 2022
The month of December could be impacted by more strike action on French rail services, as unions threaten to walk out over the Christmas and New Year weekends.
- 'Ecowatt': How to use France's new energy forecasting website and appby The Local on December 2, 2022
The French government has encouraged people to use 'Ecowatt' - accessible both as a website and mobile application to keep track of energy use this winter, in an attempt to stave off shortages and possible power cuts. But how does it work and how can I sign-up?
- What to expect if you're travelling to France in Decemberby The Local on December 2, 2022
From Covid rules to strikes, snow to festivals here's what you can expect if you are travelling to France in December or January.
- Strikes, prices and services - what you need to know about Christmas travel to Franceby The Local on December 2, 2022
For the past two Christmases strict Covid rules prevented many people from travelling - this year that isn't an issue, but there are strikes, service reductions and high ticket prices to contend with.
- Snow forecast in Paris as France shivers in early December chillby The Local on December 2, 2022
The French capital is set to see December snow this weekend, as temperatures dip across the country.
- Burning question: Do the French really hate all spices?by The Local on December 2, 2022
French cuisine is - rightly - renowned, but there is one aspect that newcomers often find disappointing - the lack of spice. So what lies behind this apparent aversion?
- Macron to end US trip by meeting French speakers in Louisianaby FRANCE 24 (Latest news reports on FRANCE, French politics and culture - France 24) on December 2, 2022
French President Emmanuel Macron will end his trip to the US with a visit Louisiana on Friday where he is set to announce the creation of a fund to finance the teaching of French in the state. FRANCE 24 reports.
- The 12 dishes that make up a classic French Christmas feastby The Local on December 2, 2022
If you're expecting figgy pudding and mince pies in France at Christmas you're likely to be disappointed - but the home of gastronomy of course has some wonderful festive food traditions of its own. French food blogger Florence Richomme explains more.
- Biden, Macron vow unity on Ukraine, promise to hold Russia accountableby FRANCE 24 (Latest news reports on FRANCE, French politics and culture - France 24) on December 2, 2022
Joe Biden on Thursday used the first state visit of his presidency to demonstrate unity with France's Emmanuel Macron on Ukraine, show willingness to speak to Russia's Vladimir Putin and assuage European anger over US subsidies.
- Biden ‘working with Macron’ to hold Russia accountable for ‘brutal’ Ukraine war – as it happenedby Richard Luscombe (France | The Guardian) on December 1, 2022
President hosts French counterpart at White HouseSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by emailWe’re still waiting for Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron to appear for their press conference at the White House. Elsewhere in Washington, the Florida Republican congressman Matt Gaetz might be a little uneasy today, as a former tax collector whose […]
- Biden and Macron seek to heal trade rift and present united front on Ukraineby David Smith in Washington (France | The Guardian) on December 1, 2022
US president promises ‘tweaks’ to Inflation Reduction Act that has led to French and European concern over state subsidiesJoe Biden has sought to heal a rift with France’s President Emmanuel Macron and other European leaders over trade, admitting there are “glitches” in $739bn legislation that he says can be fixed.The US president was speaking on […]
- Israel strips Palestinian-French rights lawyer of Jerusalem residencyby Bethan McKernan in Jerusalem (France | The Guardian) on December 1, 2022
Salah Hamouri expected to be deported after decision on grounds of ‘breach of allegiance’ to stateIsrael has stripped a prominent Palestinian-French human rights lawyer of his Jerusalem residency and is expected to deport him to France, a legal first that sets a dangerous precedent for other Palestinians with dual nationality in the contested city.Salah […]