From a midnight stroll along the Seine to hiking through the Alps to catching actors in Cannes, France is at the top of the list for most people.
The biggest attractions for tourists are the Eiffel Tower, Disneyland Paris, the French Riviera and the Alps. France also surrounds the tiny Principality of Monaco, the second smallest sovereign state in the world.
A little known fact regarding the French Presidency is that the holder is also joint head of state for the Principality of Andorra situated between France and Spain.
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WHAT TO EXPECT
Language: The official and national language is French. There are regional languages such as Breton, Corsican and Occitan
Money: The Euro (€EUR) is the local currency in France and the majority of the European Union. Credit and Debit cards are widely accepted.
Law & Order: Whilst violent crime involving tourists is rare, theft, and petty crime is common across most major cities.
Tax and Gratuity: Tips are generally seen as a nice bonus to hospitality staff. There are no hidden taxes with VAT or Sales Tax already included in prices.