A map of France. France maps (Western Europe - Europe) to print. France maps (Western Europe - Europe) to download. France is famous for the 'beaux-arts' (fine arts). The city was and is still home for many artists and great painters, artisans and sculptors as its shown in France maps. Famous French painters are: Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne and Auguste Rodin is certainly one of the most famous French sculptors. Among the most famous French composers are Maurice Ravel (composer of 'Bolero') and Georges Bizet (composer of the opera 'Carmen'). Children all around the world love French literature, like the famous “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas and “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
French has made a lot of the world renowned inventions like the creation of the vaccinations and the pasteurization process by Louis Pasteur, the first hair dryer, the hot air balloon and many other useful things as its mentioned in France maps. Now, they are building the first prototype of nuclear fusion reactor in France, called ITER (International Thermo-nuclear Engine Reactor) with the collaboration of 35 other countries.
Most of the French people in Metropolitan France (on the European continent) live in cities and urban areas. The three largest cities is France are: Paris: 11 million inhabitants, Lyon: 1.7 million inhabitants, Marseilles: 1.6 million inhabitants as you can see in France maps. Lille, Toulouse and Bordeaux each have about 1 million inhabitants. About 10% of the French people are unemployed and roughly 15% of the population live below the poverty line.
French is the official language in France and it is also the second major language in Europe. French is one of the Romance languages. The Romance languages, which include Italian and Spanish, have their origins in the Latin language as its shown in France maps. Today, French is the second most studied language after English and spoken by more than 300 million people around the world as first or second language.
France uses the Euro as its mentioned in France maps. The easiest way to get holiday money (and often the cheapest) is to withdraw euros from an ATM (hole in the wall, cash dispenser) on arrival in France, or even from a Euro dispenser in the departure area at a major UK airport. Most French ATMs accept foreign cards (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, etc). (See page on Banks and paying for things in France). Note: If your bank / credit card account is not in Euros, you will pay a commission on each transaction – withdrawal or payment. Commissions are proportionally greater the smaller the transaction, so it is not advisable to use your card regularly for a lot of small transactions. You will pay less (maybe quite a bit less) by withdrawing enough cash for a day or two from an ATM, then paying in cash.