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Location Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain
Climate Generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral
Terrain Mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alps in east
Populationng> 60,180,529
Nationality French
Ethnic groups Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities
Religions Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%
Languages French 100%
Government Type Republic
Capital Paris
Currency Euro
Description of Flag The French flag has three equal vertical strips. From top to bottom, the colors are of the stripes are blue, white, and red. The French flag is commonly known as the French Tricouleur (Tricolor).
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French Culture

Paris has long been a haven for artists, musicians, thinkers and political refugees. And with that, Paris has a culture distinctly its own. Parisians are culturally enlightened with a unique outlook on life.

There are few inhibitions regarding sex, which is ever so apparent in the city’s media. Further exemplifying their openness towards sexuality, it’s not uncommon to see Parisians greeting one another with a kiss on each cheek.

The city’s inhabitants are proud of their culture and heritage; however, the old stereotype that the French are all “snobs” doesn’t hold much water today. The expansion of English as the universal language has helped to increase the acceptance of travelers.

The city simply oozes fashion. Paris is the uncontested fashion center of the world. Parisians place the highest value on fashion and fine dinning. Wealth is spent more readily on the latest fashions or on gourmet cuisine then anything else.

Parisians have a love for the performing arts including theatre, ballet, opera, and film. In recent years, Jazz music has caught on in a big way.

Let Paris’ unique culture inspire you.

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Paris Shopping

Paris is the undisputed fashion capital of the world. Along with that, Paris has some of the best shopping in the world. All the top designers are represented in Paris. Parisians take shopping very seriously. If you are planning to shop along the world famous rue du Faubourg St-Honore or avenue Montaign be sure to dress for the occasion. The iron and glass arcades located in 2e are said to be the western world’s first shopping malls. One of Paris’ top shops is

Reciproque located on rue de la Pompe. Here you’ll find the latest designer fashions, though prices can be overwhelming. More affordable but still chic shopping can be found around St-Germain-des-Pres. Au Printemps is Paris’ largest department store. Here you& #8217;ll find everything you’d expect. Fashion shows are held every Tuesday. A trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete with a visit to Marche aux Puces de la Porte de St-Ouen, Paris’ largest flea market. Get there early if you want to snag the deals.

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Paris Restaurants
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in Paris. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine
Yakiniku 11 bis rue ste Anne 1 4296 2760 Japanese
404 69 rue des Gravilliers 01 42 74 57 81 Moroccan
La M?thode 2 rue Descartes 01 43 54 22 43 French
Buddha Bar 8 rue Boissy d'Anglas 01 53 05 90 00 Bar
Apollon 24, rue Jean-Nicot, Invalides 01 45 55 68 47 Greek
Doudingue 24 Rue Durantin 01 42 54 88 08 Fusion
Findi 24 AV George V 01 47 20 14 78 Italian
La Toccata 52, ave de la R?publique Oberkampf 01 40 21 04 59 Italian
Kismet 2 rue Eug?ne Carri?re Montmartre 01 44 92 05 21 Indian
Il Buco 18, rue L?opold Bellan Montorgueil 01 45 08 50 10 Italian
Banani 148 rue de la Croix-Nivert 01 48 28 73 92 Indian
Brasserie de l?ile St-Louis 55 quai de Bourbon 01 43 54 02 59 French
La Chaumi?re de Chine 26 ave Pierre 1er de Serbie 01 47 20 85 56 Chinese
Palette de Courbet 14, rue Gustave Courbet 01 47 27 45 32 Lebanese
Le Triporteur 4 rue de Dantzig Vaugirard 01 45 32 82 40 French
Chez L?on 32 rue Legendre 01 42 27 06 82 French
Au Gamin de Paris 51 rue des Cascades, Pyr?n?es 01 42 78 97 24 French
Savannah caf 27, rue Descartes Mouffetard 01 43 29 45 77 Mediterranean
Pooja Restaurant 91, Passage Brady Gare de I'Est 01 48 24 00 83 Indian
Les Zygomates 7, rue de Capri Daumesnil 01 40 19 93 04 French
Le Volant 13 rue Beatrix-Dussane 01 45 75 27 67 French
Le Pr?t A Savourer 10, rue De Paradis 01 48 01 00 34 French
Mirama 17, rue Saint-Jacques 01 43 29 66 58 Chinese
Le Caf? d'Angel 16 rue Brey ?toile 01 47 54 03 33 French
Le Meurice 228 Rue de Rivoli 01 44 58 10 55 French
Le Fogon St-Julien 10, rue Saint-Julien-le Pauvre 01 43 54 31 33 Spanish
Maison Prunier 16 ave Victor Hugo 01 44 17 35 85 Seafood

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