France is a modern European state and a republic, and is one of the world’s top six economies. Metropolitan France (France in Europe) has a population of slightly over 62 million. The capital and the nation’s largest city is Paris. Apart from Paris by far the largest urban area in France, other major cities are Lyon, Marseille, Lille and Toulouse.
France remains the world’s number one tourist destination. It has tourist sights for all tastes; it has some of the greatest beaches in Europe, as well as the highest mountains and the finest historic monuments, the most beautiful cities, the most idyllic countryside, the most magnificent castles, the finest rivers, and plenty more, not to mention some of the best restaurants and the finest wines and more hotels than any other country in Europe.
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