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Postcard snippets – France

Country : French Republic – French Territories – French Guana, Guadeloupe, Martinique & Reunion.

Capital : Paris

National Day: 14th July – Bastille Day

National Anthem: La Marseillaise

Language/s: French

Currency: Euro

Population: 65.8million

Geography:

Location: 47o North Latitude 2o East Longitude

Western Europe

Area: 543,965km2

Highest Mountain:  Mont Blanc 4,810m

Climate:  Temperate.  Yearly average 6 – 26 degrees Celsius

Four distinct seasons

Natural Hazards: Fire

Floods

Food Staple:  Bread, Cheese & Meat.

Eating Utensils: Knife/fork/spoon.

Transport: Train

Native Animal/bird: Wild boar, deer, fox, wolf, brown bear, badger, chamois, ibex, horse, alpine marmot, hare, ragondin, squirrel, marten, genet, lynx, hornet & praying mantis.

Famous Building/s: Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris, Palace of Versailles, Basilica of the Sacre Coeur, Louvre Palace, Palace of Fontainebleau.

Education: Compulsory from 6 – 16 years

National Costume/colours: Many regions each with its own traditional dress.  Blue, white and red.

Games/dance: Soccer

Escargot – hopscotch

Pelote – handball

Bilboquet – Cupball

Boules – bowls

Interesting Fact/s: Paris is the most visited city in the world

Millau Bridge is the world’s tallest bridge

Tour de France – most famous road bicycle race in the world

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