FRANCE (République Française)

  • Flag:  The French tricolored flag consists of three vertical bands of equal width. Blue and red are the colors of Paris, while white represents the Royal House of Bourbon. The colors also symbolize liberty, equality and fraternity — the ideals of the French Revolution.
  • Total Area: 211,209 sq mi (547,030 sq km)
  • Government: Fifth republic
  • Languages: French (official) 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)
  • Religion: Christian (overwhelmingly Roman Catholic) 63-66%, Muslim 7-9%, Jewish .5-.75%, Buddhist .5-.75%, other .5-1.0%, none 23-28%
  • Date/s visited: May 2014 (4 days)

Blog entries:

  1. A detour to Château de Voltaire, home to “the innkeeper of Europe” (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

2 thoughts on “FRANCE

    1. It was a lovely short stay in the French countryside! We stayed near the border of Switzerland, and didn’t manage to see Paris or the bigger cities. I think the French are quite reserved, especially the older ones, but they are warm if you exert effort to engage them in a conversation. 🙂

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