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France occupies a mythic place in the eurocentric consciousness. No country is more grand, opulent, dramatic, or tragic. It’s the idea of France and the French way of life that is ever enticing; life is full of adventure, passion, and love. The French appetite for living and living well is what enchants the rest of the world.
With diverse landscapes, medieval towns and abbeys, stunning architecture, high mountain ranges, dramatic coastlines, and never-ending lavender fields, France is perhaps the most majestic country in Europe.
Though we’ve both traveled throughout France, we’ve only traveled to Paris together.
Official Name: République française (French Republic)
Government: Unitary Semi-presidential Republic
Regions: Mainland France is divided into 13 administrative regions. France also has 5 overseas regions. Until December 31, 2015, the country was divided into 22 administrative regions.
Population: 67 Million
Official Language: French
Tipping Etiquette: Tipping isn’t obligatory in France. In a fine restaurant, you can tip up to 5% for exceptional service. In a casual dining setting, €1 to €3 is sufficient.
Water Quality: Tap water is safe to drink throughout France.
Something Interesting: You can legally marry a dead person in France. If there is sufficient proof that the deceased had the intention of wedding their partner while alive, a French person can receive permission from the French president to marry posthumously.
On ne fait pas d’omelette sans casser des œufs.
You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.
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