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Planning a trip to France?

Interesting facts and features of a favourite travel destination

Regularly attracting over 80 million foreign tourists a year, France is the most visited country in the world.

As with any travel or holiday destination it's recommended that you arrange travel insurance as near as possible to booking your trip, this could cover you in the event of unforeseen cancellations... for now, we'll explore interesting facts and features about France.

France facts

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Iconic landmark

Named after its designer, Gustave Eiffel, France's Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World Exposition.

It was almost torn down in 1909 but was spared because it proved an ideal transmitter needed for the new science of radiotelegraphy.

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The Eiffel Tower is 1,063 feet (324 m) high, including the antenna at the top.

Liberty, equality and fraternity

The national motto of France, it first appeared around the time of the Revolution (1789–1799), and was written into the constitutions of 1946 and 1958.

Today you’ll see it on coins, postage stamps and government logos often alongside 'Marianne' who symbolises the 'triumph of the Republic'.

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The legal system in France is still largely based on the principles set down in Napoleon Bonaparte's Code Civil after the revolution, in the 1800s.

Favourite Ski destination

Ski areas in France generally sit higher than any other ski country so ski resorts have superior snow conditions and longer seasons.

Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and Avoriaz repeatedly gets the most snowfall in France.

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At 4,810 m high, Mont Blanc, in the French Alps is Europe’s highest mountain.

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