ISHAN AGARWAL (SA 1102)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CONTENTS PAGE NO INTRODUCTION 3 GEOGRAPHY 5 ECONOMIC 8 MONETARY 9 POPULATION 10 POLITICAL 11 LEGAL 16 CULTURE 18 LIST OF REFERENCES 20
France: large and well connected
France is one of the largest countries in Europe. It is bordered by six countries: Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the north-east, Switzerland and Italy across the Alps to the south-east and Spain across the Pyrenees to the south-west. The UK is across the English Channel (La Manche). France is regarded by many people as the geographical gateway to Europe. It has several large international airports, two of which are in the capital, Paris and many of which are served by budget airlines. Ferry terminals are located along the north, west and Mediterranean coasts. Visitors from the UK also have the option of taking the Channel Tunnel rail link. Once in France, the motorway network and French rail service are known to be extremely efficient with the high-speed, long distance TGV train service the envy of other nations. Geographical diversity and cultural plenty
France is the world's most popular tourist destination and it doesn't take long to work out why. The country has an extremely diverse physical landscape and an equally diverse climate to match. This makes it the ideal venue for a huge range of sporting and other outdoor activities. For example, France has a huge range of golf courses. However, France also caters on a grand scale for those who prefer a more sedate pace of life. There are numerous museums and art galleries in France reflecting the fact that the French are fiercely and deservedly proud of their country's rich cultural, educational and political heritage. France has had a turbulent history characterized by successive revolutions but at every stage it has been at the forefront of European development. The notion of France as a leader finds its legacy in the country's pivotal role in the construction of the European Union as we know it today. The French: polite and chic
The French people - and particularly the older generations - tend to be extremely courteous and formal, a national trait that is often ungenerously dismissed as arrogance by other nations. The French are also renowned for being 'chic', that is, for taking great pride in their personal appearance and in particular, their clothes. This is symptomatic of the importance placed on presentation in general in France. The French simply don't do scruffy. Shops, homes and public gardens are all immaculately kept and display immense attention to detail. A food lover's paradise
France is known throughout the world for its cuisine and wine. The French love their food. Whenever possible meals are long, sociable family occasions which...