Top tip: Train for distance; car for persistence
France enjoys a temperate climate in the north, with the north east having a more continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. The mountains are cooler with heavy snow in winter. The Atlantic influences the weather in the west, where the weather is mild and summers can be very hot and sunny. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year.
Facts and Figures
|Area||543,965 sq km (210,025 sq miles).|
|Capital||Paris- population 2,219,297 (2011)|
|Language||French is the official language, but there are many regional dialects. Basque is spoken as a first language by some people in the southwest, and Breton by some in Brittany. Many people, particularly those connected with tourism in the major areas, will speak at least some English.|
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