France is the largest country in Western Europe and one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is the third most-populous European country. It is also the largest country in the EU.
Due to its shape, it is often referred to in French as l’Hexagone or The Hexagon.
Their rich farmland produces many delicious French food. France is known for bread, cheese, wine, pastries and fruit. Marseille, which lies on the Mediterranean coast, is known for bouillabaisse, a type of garlicky fish soup.
France is bordered to the south by Spain. To the southeast lie Italy and the Pyrenees Mountains. The eastern border is flanked by the Alps and Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium.
France is famous for its wine, perfume and fashion. Millions of people visit every year. They come to go shopping, eat in restaurants and visit the Eiffel Tower and other famous landmarks.
Fun Facts About France for Kids
- The capital city of France is Paris.
- France has 212,394 square miles of land.
- Over 65 million people live in France.
- Most people in France are Christian.
- France has a multiparty democracy.
- The currency France uses is Euro.
- People in France can expect to live for 78 years.
- Emmanuel Macron is the current president of France, he took presidency on May 14th 2017.
- More tourists visit France every year than any other country. Over 80 million tourists per year are estimated to visit.
- In 1998 France won the FIFA World Cup, and better again they were the host country.
- On July 15th 2018 France won the FIFA World Cup again, beating Croatia 4 – 2.
- The iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris welcomes over 7 million visitors per year and stands at an impressive 324 m in height.
- The Louvre Museum in Paris welcome 8.1 million visitors in 2017.
- In Latin France translates to Francia (land of the Franks).
- The Rhine is the longest river in France.
- Mont Blanc is largest mountain in France standing at 4810 m tall. Mont Blanc is also the highest mountain in the Alps.
- In 2016 France brought in a law banning all supermarkets from throwing away unused food. It must be distributed to charities – what a wonderful idea, I think all countries should adopt this law.
- France has Europe’s busiest railway station: Paris Garis du Nord.
- There is over 400 different French cheeses.
- Do you like croissants? I love them, however, they are not a French invention, they are actually Austrian.
- Beziers and Marseille are the two oldest cities in France.
- Pastry: a light, crusty bread or dessert
- Bouillabaisse: a French fish soup
- Flanked: bordered
- Fashion: stylish clothing
FRENCH Video for Kids
Watch this awesome video for kids about the famous landmarks of France:
Question: How do the French make perfume?
Answer: In southern France lie hundreds of fields full of lavender, roses, jasmine and other flowers. Perfume makers use the essential oils from these flowers to make perfumes.
Map of France
Here’s a map of the country of France and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around France! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of France, as though you are actually there!
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