French people celebrate a number of holidays. Children receive gifts on Christmas, or Noel, and Easter, or Paques (PAHK). May 8 is Victory Day, which celebrates the end of World War II. Bastille Day celebrates the “storming” of the Bastille prison in 1789. It is one of the most important events of the French Revolution.
France is known around the world for its rich culture and history. If you visit France, you will find lots of beautiful things, from museums to scenic countryside. You will also find plenty of interesting things to do, from hiking to tasting the country’s fine foods. You will never be bored in France!
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One of the world’s most famous landmarks is the Eiffel Tower, built of iron in 1889.
Fast Facts A tout France
Area: 211,209 square miles (547,030 square kilometers)—slightly less than the size of Texas
Population: Almost 61 million people Capital City: Paris
Other Important Cities: Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Lille, and Nice
Money: The euro. On January 1, 2002, the euro became the only money for daily business in countries that are members of the European Monetary Union.