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France is a developed and stable democracy with a modern economy. Tourist facilities are widely available. Read the Department of State Background Notes on France and on Background Notes on Monaco for additional information.



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Country Name: France
Continent: Europe
Capital City: Paris
Boundary Countries:

Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

American Hospital of Paris, Hopital des Metallurgistes Pierre Rouques, Hopital Armand Trousseau, Hopital Bichat-Claude-Bernard, Hopital Bretonneau, Hopital Broca, Hopital Broussais, Hopital Cochin, etc

Main Cities:

Paris, Nice, Montpeliier, Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille

Country Size: 547,030 sq km
Population: 60,424,213




Currency: Euro (EU)
Predominant Religions:

Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%

National Holidays: Bastille Day, 14 July(1789)
Economic Status:

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. 
France's tax burden remains one of the highest in Europe - at nearly 50% of GDP in 2005. With at least 75 million foreign tourists per year, France is the most visited country in the world and maintains the third largest income in the world from tourism.

Army (includes Marines, Foreign Legion, Army Light Aviation), Navy (including Naval Air), Air Force (including Air Defense), National Gendarmerie
US Presence:

U.S. Embassy in Paris
2 avenue Gabriel
75008 Paris
Phone: [33] (1)43122222


U.S. Consulate Bordeaux
89 Quai des Chartrons
33300 Bordeaux
Tel.: (0)1 43 12 48 65


U.S. Consulate Lyon
1, quai Jules Courmont
69002 Lyon
Tel: 01 43 12 48 60


U.S. Consulate General Marseille
Place Varian Fry
13286 Marseille Cedex 6
Tél. : 01-43-12-48-85


U.S. Consulate Rennes
P30, Quai Duguay-Trouin
35000 Rennes
Tel: (0)1 43 12 48 70

U.S. Consulate General Strasbourg
15, Avenue d’Alsace
67082 Strasbourg Cedex
Tel.: (33)1 43 124 880

U.S. Consulate Toulouse
25, allées Jean Jaurès
31000 Toulouse
Tel.: +33 (1) 43 12 48 75
Document Requirements:

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
A passport is required to enter Monaco. A visa is not required for tourist/business stays up to 90 days in Monaco.
For further information concerning entry requirements for France, travelers may contact the Embassy of France at 4101 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC  20007, tel. (202) 944-6000, email: info@ambafrance-us.org, or the French Consulates General in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, or San Francisco.

Major Airports:
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
Fax: +33 (0)1

Customs, hours- 08:00-20:00 Mon-Sat
Tel: +33 (0)1
Fax: +33 (0)1
Servicing Airlines:
+ Air France     + Corsair    
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.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total: 4.31 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: TOTAL 79.44 (male 75.8/female 83.27)

Immunization Indicators:

Required : none

Recommended: Hep A & B, tetanus-diptheria booster

Infectious Disease Concerns:

No significant risks

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Medical care comparable to that found in the United States is widely available.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 42
Referrals: 342
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:
Communications Info:

Country calling Code: +33 
Internet Country Code: fr


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