Population: 65.8 million
Size: 543,965 square kilometres (not including overseas départements which add up to 88,969 square kilometres)
Language: French – Salut!
National holiday: 14th July ("Fête nationale"), anniversary of the storming of the Bastille in 1789
There are different climatic regions in France. It is cool and wet in the north and west whilst it is warm and dry in the Mediterranean region. The mountains attract winter sports tourists.
The Eiffel Tower is THE symbol of France. To keep it looking good it is repainted approximately every seven years – it takes about 18 months to give the 324 m giant a new coat of paint.