France Fast Facts

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France Fast Facts

The French Republic: 22 mainland regions, four overseas regions (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana and Réunion Island) plus French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis & Futuna, Mayotte, St-Pierre & Miquelon, and the French Southern and Antarctic Territory

Population: 65 million (preliminary 2013 estimate) – 31.7 million men and 33.8 million women

Foreign visitors in 2012: 81.2 million – the world's number 1 tourism destination for over 20 years

American visitors in 2012: First estimates indicate a record year of over 3.5 million visitors

Museum facts:
- Oldest museum in France: The Fine Arts and Archeological Museum of Besançon, France-Comté established in 1694
- Louvre: most visited museum in the world with a record 8.8 million visitors in 2011 and the world's fourth largest museum after the #1 Smithsonian, #2 Hermitage and #3 Metropolitan Museum of Art

Michelin starred restaurants: 594 (2012) – Update in late February when Michelin announces its France 2013 edition

Oldest Christmas Market in France: in Strasbourg created in 1570 

What regions combine to make the Kir Royal? Burgundy (for the crème de cassis=black currant liquor) and Champagne (for the bubbly)

France is 4/5 the size of Texas 

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