La France. Bonjour!. La France. France is the largest country in western Europe with a population of approximately 56 million people . It is bordered by both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. La France.
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France is the largest country in western Europe with a population of approximately 56 million people. It is bordered by both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
France is roughly hexagonal – it has six sides. It is bordered by Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Luxemburg, and Belgium.
France is divided into regions and then departments; there are 96 in France and 4 overseas.
The French flag is called ‘le Tricolore’
The national anthem is calledLa Marseillaise
Until 2002, France’s currency was the French Franc. French francs comprised 100 centimes, much the same as our pounds and pence. Now all financial transactions and purchases are made using Euros. One Euro comprises 100 cents.
Weights and measures in France are metric so meat and vegetables are sold in kilos and grammes.
Every summer more than 100 professional cyclists race in the Tour de France. The race is approximately 2,000 miles long. The race lasts up to three weeks and is held in July. The route changes from year to year.
Avril - 1 “Poisson d’Avril” - people cut out paper fish and put them on the backs of unsuspecting victims. You’re an April fish, not an April fool in France!
Juillet - 14 “La Fête National”. In 1789 the storming of the Bastille prison marked the beginning of the French Revolution. France is a Republic; that means they do not have a King or Queen, and they are very proud of the fact. They executed their Royal family and today they have a president as Head of State who is elected every five years. “Bastille” day, as it is also known, is a holiday and celebrated with fireworks in the evening and dancing in the streets.
Fête - Bonne fête!Many people are named after saints. Each saint has a special day and people often get sent cards on that day if they are named after a saint; for example, St Stephen's Day is 26 December. In the Christmas carol, Good King Wenceslas, the king goes out “on the feast of Stephen”.