France. The first thing a 10 year old boy might think of about France is the Ireland vs France football match and Henry’s handball. The second thing they might think of is Disneyland. But France is a lot more than that!. Overview.
The first thing a 10 year old boy might
think of about France is the Ireland vs France
football match and Henry’s handball.
The second thing they might think of is Disneyland.
But France is a lot more than that!
The Louvre, the River Seine, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower
I am telling you!
This masterpiece was built in 1889. A man called Gustave Eiffel designed it. He was very creative and contributed to the design of the Statue of Liberty.
Gustave Eiffel was asked to design a building for an exposition. The building was to last 50 years. However it still stands today. At the time it was built the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world.
Gustave Eiffel was born on 15th December 1832 and died aged 91 in 1923.
Notre Dame de Paris is the most famous cathedral in France. It is a Roman Catholic cathedral, easily seen from the Seine. In 1804, the Coronation of Napoleon I took place at the Notre Dame. Today, it is visited by thousands of people from France and other countries alike. Construction of the Notre Dame Cathedral began in 1163. It was finished in 1345.
In the region of Perigueux, pigs are used to find truffles (the very expensive mushrooms).
The Tour de France is the most important cycling tournament in the world. For three weeks in July, hundreds of cyclists compete on a route of over 3000 kilometres.
The most useful river in France is the River Rhone. Its waters are used for navigation, irrigation, water supply etc. industry. France is famous for cheese (400 different kinds) and wine (number 1 in the world). France is known for luxury goods: perfumes, cosmetics and expensive designer clothing. (Chanel, Givenchy) Loire Valley is a special attraction because of the many castles built on its shores. Chambord Castle is the largest of them. The French word for castle is chateau.
The Aerian Rocket was produced by the French aeronautical industry. It produces aircrafts (Concorde, Airbus), helicopters and planes. France is number one in Europe for nuclear energy. In France there are solar, wind and wave power plants.
The highest peak in France is Mont Blanc (4807 m) in the Alps. It is a great attraction for tourists and mountaineers. Because of the altitude, the peaks of the Alps and the Pyrenees Mountains are covered with permanent snow and mountain glaciers.
The Channel Tunnel is a 50.5-kilometre (31.4 mi) undersea rail tunnel linking Folkestone, Kent near Dover in the United Kingdom with Coquelles, near Calais in northern France beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover. Its famous shuttle, the Eurotunnel Shuttle can carry passengers as well as vehicles. At its lowest point it is 75 metres (250 ft) deep. At 37.9 kilometres (23.5 mi), the Channel Tunnel has the longest undersea portion of any tunnel in the world although the Seikan Tunnel in Japan is both longer overall, at 53.85 kilometres (33.46 mi) and deeper, at 240 metres (790 ft) below sea level.
The Channel Tunnel was opened in Calais on 6 May 1994 by British Queen Elizabeth II and French President François Mitterrand.
Charles De Gaulle
France is the most popular international tourist destination in the world, receiving over 75 million foreign tourists annually.
France's National Day is called Bastille Day. It is celebrated on 14 July, the day the French Revolution began in 1789.