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|COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION|
Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%
|National Holidays:||Bastille Day, 14 July(1789)|
France is in the midst of transition from a well-to-do modern economy that has featured extensive government ownership and intervention to one that relies more on market mechanisms. The government has partially or fully privatized many large companies, banks, and insurers, and has ceded stakes in such leading firms as Air France, France Telecom, Renault, and Thales. It maintains a strong presence in some sectors, particularly power, public transport, and defense industries. The telecommunications sector is gradually being opened to competition. France's leaders remain committed to a capitalism in which they maintain social equity by means of laws, tax policies, and social spending that reduce income disparity and the impact of free markets on public health and welfare. Widespread opposition to labor reform has in recent years hampered the government's ability to revitalize the economy.
Army (includes Marines, Foreign Legion, Army Light Aviation), Navy (including Naval Air), Air Force (including Air Defense), National Gendarmerie
The Consular Section of the US Embassy in Paris is located at 4 avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris (Place de La Concorde, Metro Stop Concorde), tel 011-33-1-43-12-22-22 or (in France) 01-43-12-22-22; fax: 011-33-1-42-96-28-39 for Passport Services, or fax 011-33-1-42-61-61-40 for Special Consular Services (emergencies). Further information can be obtained at the US Embassy's web site at http://france.usembassy.gov/.
The Consulate General in Strasbourg is located at 15 Avenue d'Alsace, 67082 Strasbourg, tel 011-33-3-88-35-31-04 or (in France) 03-88-35-31-04; fax 011-33-3-88-24-06-95.
The Consulate General in Strasbourg does not produce passports on the premises. American citizens in this area whose passports are lost or stolen and have urgent travel needs should contact the U.S. Embassy in Paris. Web site:http://www.amb-usa.fr/strasbourg/.
France is party to the Schengen agreement. As such, U.S. citizens may enter France for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. A passport is required and should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. Anyone intending to stay more than 90 days must obtain the appropriate visa issued by one of the French Consulates in the U.S., prior to departure for France. This also applies to anyone considering marriage in France. For further information about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our fact sheet .
Airports: 477, Airports w/paved runways: 283
Paris – Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG/LFPG)
Paris, CDG, France, BP 20101, F-95711 Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle cedex, FRANCE
Tel: +33 (0)1 184.108.40.206
Fax: +33 (0)1 220.127.116.11
Customs, hours- 08:00-20:00 Mon-Sat
Tel: +33 (0)1 18.104.22.168
Fax: +33 (0)1 22.214.171.124
|Risks and Precautions:||
The Government of France maintains a threat rating system known locally as “Vigipirate”; it is similar to the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory System. Over the last year, there have been numerous arrests of suspected Islamic militants involved in various terrorist plots. In the past, political assassinations and bombings have occurred in France. Americans are advised to avoid street demonstrations particularly if riot police are on the scene.
Infant MR total: 4.31 deaths/1,000 live births
Required : none
|Infectious Disease Concerns:||
No significant risks
|Overall Quality of Medical Services:||
Medical care comparable to that found in the United States is widely available.
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Country calling Code: +33