Paris 's millions
The Paris urban area, with a population of 10 million, is the largest in the EU (bigger than London)
Top tourist destination
France attracted 81.9 million foreign tourists in 2007 (surpassing its population) and making it the most popular tourist destination in the world.
Tourists love museums
Around 1,200 museums in France draw more than 41 million visitors each year.
Forests all around
Nearly 30 percent of French territory is covered by forests, placing France third in the EU in terms of forested land, behind only Sweden and Finland.
Michelin guide celebrates
The Michelin France guide is celebrating its 100th published edition in 2009. But this is not its 100th anniversary as the guide was first created in 1900. The guide was not published during the two world wars or in 1921.
Source: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr, Reuters