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The geography of France for children

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France is a large country in Europe. It is bordered by both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.


  • Capital Paris
  • Largest City Paris (2,175,200)
  • Language French
  • Currency Euro
  • Population 60,180,529 (July 2003 est.)
  • Religions Roman Catholic 85%, Muslim 10%, Protestant 2%, and Jewish 1%
  • Area more than 210,000 square miles includes the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Highest Mountain Mont Blanc, in the Alps. It is the highest mountain in Europe.
  • Longest River River Loire
  • Natural resources: coal, iron ore, bauxite, fish, timber, zinc, potash 
France is often described as a country with six sides. Three are coasts. The others are borders with neighbouring countries.


France generally has cool winters and mild summers. However, along the Mediterranean they have hot summers.

The north has cool weather. In the south it gets very hot in summer. Fruits such as oranges and lemons grow in the south.


There are mountains in parts of France. Some mountains are snow-capped
all year round. France's highest mountains are the French Alps and Jura Mountains, bordering Italy and Switzerland, and the Pyrénées, along the frontier with Spain.

The highest mountain is Mont Blanc in the French Alps. It rises to 4,807m (15,771 ft). Mount Blanc is also the highest peak in the whole of Europe.

French Cheeses

More than 350 kinds of cheese are made in France.

What is France Famous for?

France is famous for cheese (Camembert, Brie, Roquefort) wine, perfume
(Chanel, Dior, Givenchy) and cars (Renault, Citroen, Peugeot).France is also famous for the Tour de France and the Eiffel.

Famous Landmarks of Paris

Symbols such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter, Montmartre, and the Georges Pompidou Center make Paris one of the most visited places in the world.

Eiffel Tower
The Louvre
 Quick Fact: Every summer more than 100 professional cyclists race in the Tour de France. The race is approximately 2,000 miles long. The race lasts up to three weeks and is held in July. The route changes from year to year.

General Websites about France

Virtual Journey of France
Did you know that France is home to brown bears and wolves?

Lots of information about France! Learn about its regions, culture, food, traditions, food, and lots more!

 An Outline map of France to print out.

 French Flag - Image plus information about the flag.

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 Quick Fact: The Louvre is one of the largest art museums in the world. Some of the paintings exhibited there are from the French artists Monet, Cezanne, and Renoir.


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 Quick Fact: The Eiffel Tower is probably one of the most famous symbols of France. It was built in 1889 for an exhibition. The tower was thought to be only a temporary structure, although it still stands today.

France is known for its fine food. French cooking is thought to be the best in the world. Chefs prepare dishes such as quiche, soufflés, mousse, pâté, croissants, crêpes, and French bread. Many people in France like to drink their hot chocolate from bowls and dip their bread into it.

Avez-vous faim? (Are You Hungry?)

 Famous French People

Andre Marie Ampere (1775-1836),
Scientist: A French mathematician, studied electricity and magnetism. Units of electric currents "amps" are named after him.

Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Artist: The leading member of the Impressionist painters. His most famous painting is the "Water-lilies" which he painted in the elaborate garden he had made for himself.

Claude-Achille Debussy (1862-1918)
Musician: A French composer whose work is often linked with the Impressionist painters. He is famous for piano pieces such as "Children's Corner" and his orchestral work "The Afternoon of a Faun" ("L'apès-midi d'une faune")
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Camille (Charles) Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Musician: A French composer who is well known for "The Carnival of the Animals" a composition for orchestra, piano, xylophone and harmonica.
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Alexandre Dumas (1799-1850)
Author: He wrote the two well known adventure classics "The Three Musketeers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo".
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Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
Author: He wrote the well known novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and in 1862 the epic novel "Les Miserables" .
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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944)
Author: The author of "The little Prince" (Le Petit Prince)
Victor Hugo Biography

Jeanne d'Arc Joan of Arc (1412-1431 approx.)
Warrior: The patron saint of France and a national heroine who led the resistance to the English invasion of France in the Hundred Years War.
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Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
Emperor: A famous French general who became Emperor of France in the aftermath of the French Revolution.
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Louis Blériot (1872-1936)
Pilot: The first person to fly the English Channel. On 25 July 1909 he flew from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes.
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Joseph (1745-99) and Jacques (1745-99) Montgolfier
Inventor: They invented the hot air balloon.
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Louis Braille (1809-1852)
Inventor: He invented the system of raised dots (Braille) which form letters for the visually impaired to read.
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Louis Pasteur (1822-95)
Scientist: He was the first person to understand the connection between microbes and disease. He researched the importance of microbes carrying infection. He gave his name to the pasteurisation of milk and beer.
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Marie (1867-1934) and Pierre (1859-1906) Curie
Scientist: They were scientists who did pioneering work on radioactivity. Marie was the first female winner of a Nobel Prize. Born in Poland, she studied at the Sorbonne where she met her husband, Pierre, with whom she researched radioactivity.

Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923)
Engineer : He designed and built the Tower in Paris in 1889.
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Famous French People
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Famous French People Webquest
Contains links to websites on famous French people.

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 French Castles

French Castles - A list of castle web sites.

Visit our Castles Homework page too.

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