Quick Info

  • Full Country Name: French Republic.
  • Local Name: Republique Francaise.
  • Capital: Paris (population: 13 million).
  • Language: French (official), Breton, Catalan, Basque, Corsican.
  • Currency: Euro € (EUR) = 100 cents.
  • People: French (92%), North African (3%), German (2%), Breton (1%), other (including Provençal, Catalan & Basque) (2%).
  • Life Expectancy: Male: 77.35, Female: 84.00.
  • Religion: Roman Catholic (83%-88%), Protestant (2%), Jewish (1%), Muslim (5%-10%), unaffiliated (4%).
  • Size (sq km): 551,695 (47th)
  • Population: 61.5 million (20th)
  • Population Density per km: 113 (89th)
  • Country Dialling Code: 33
  • Internet Country Code: .fr (.eu also used).
  • Time Zone: GMT +1 (+2 in summer).
  • Voltage Guide: 220 AC, 50 Hz.
  • Finance: Credit cards, traveller's cheques widely accepted.
  • Business Hours: 0900-1200, 1400-1800 Monday-Friday.
  • GDP: US$1.58 trillion
  • GDP per Capita: US$26,000
  • Annual Growth: 4%
  • Inflation: 2%
  • Major Industries: Oil refining, steel, cement, aluminium, agricultural products & foodstuffs (wheat, barley, maize, cheese), luxury goods, chemicals, motor manufacturing, energy products.
  • Major Trading Partners: EU (especially Germany, Italy, UK), USA.
  • Personal Safety: Safe, apart from some separatist activity in Corsica and the Basque area.
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