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France is the world's top tourist destination, attracting approximately 85 million visitors annually.

Are your planning a French vacation? Need to brush up on your French language skills? Want to keep up with events in France? French products on your shopping list? You've come to the right place.


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What's the most romantic place in Paris? The Mur des je t'aime, of course! A disciple of Philéas Fogg, Frédéric Baron dreamed of a trip around the world in 80 "I love yous."

The result is the Mur des je t'aime (the I Love You Wall). The expression "I love you" appears 1000 times in 311 different languages. Calligraphic artist Claire Kito created the ensemble and muralist Daniel Boulogne executed the work., which was innauturated in October 2000. The Wall is located in Montmartre near the Place des Abbesses on the Square Jehan Rictus. In addition to a desciption and photographs, the website also has a virtual tour of the Mur des je t'aime using Quicktime and sound clips that help you pronounce "I love you" in many different languages.

Paris Tourist Office The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched a superb multi-language site with valuable information for anyone planning a trip to Paris. Check out particularly What to See, Going Out, Shopping, Eating Out, Where to tray and Practical Paris

La RATP Sur le Net If you are using public transportation in Paris or the suburbs, is an indispensable tool. Type in your location and the address of where you want to go and the search engine will not only prepare your itinerary by rail or bus, but show both locations on detailed maps that you can print out and take with you.
flag_fr.gif, la RATP sur le net: Préparez vos itinéraires en Ile-de-France, consultez l'état du trafic métro, bus, RER, commandez votre coupon de Carte Orange en ligne, connaissez les emboutillages en Ile-de-France.

Any American who has spent more than a few days in Paris has found a copy of FUSAC (France USA Contacts), the free magazine offering classified ads for employment and housing in Paris and the surrounding area. Now, thanks to the Internet, you don't even have to be in Paris to read FUSAC or place your ad: it's on line!
flag_fr.gif Créé en 1988, FUSAC (France USA Contacts) est un magazine de petites annonces destiné aux communautés internationales anglophones de Paris et la région francilienne.

Bonjour Paris is a perfect English-language gateway to France. In addition to travel information, the site has intelligent, timely articles, chats, discussion boards, ecards, a site search engine and a marketplace. Visitors can subscribe to the Bonjour Paris Newsletter. The site has been online since 1995.

Paris walker Claude Geourjon has created Promenades dans le Paris Inconnu et Insolite (Walks Off the Beaten Path in Paris), an online guide to discovering Paris on foot. Geourjon has created 22 itineraires illustrated with hundreds of color photos. The text is in French but the navigation is universal. This is a good way to reconnoiter places to visit on your next trip to Paris. Highly recommended.

Over 18,000 votes were cast in a poll to determine once and for all the answer to the burning question: Combien de bises? That’s French for "How many kisses." The number, which varies from one to four (five is too much, even for the French), shows an interesting regional variability. It's all revealed on the French Kissing Map.

Visit the oficial site of the Musée du Louvre. Learn about the permanent collections and temporary expositions. Avoid waiting in line by purchasing your ticket before you leave home. Take a virtual tour. Site officiel du Musée du Louvre.

flag_fr.gif Le serveur officiel de la Ville de Paris a crée cette page consacrée aux Ville de Paris. Sur le menu: Les infos pratiques, les actualités, la vie des quartiers...

Château de Versailles The official web site of the Château de Versailles. Bilingual. A very rich site with interactive visits and 360-degree photographs.

Vaux-le-Vicomte. The inspiration for Versailles. Once the setting of a historical tragedy, and a meeting-place for the arts, Vaux le Vicomte now offers visitors an unforgettable experience that combines culture and enjoyment with a real sense of occasion.


FranceSecrete Tourism in France, the official site of the Fédération Nationale des Offices de Tourisme et Syndicats d'Initiative, is another fabulous site for anyone preparing a visit to France. Using a data base of over 3,600 tourist offices throughout France, the site enables you to search a specific town or area, offers recommended itineraries, a calendar of events, and links to transportation and accommodations providers. This site can help you discover the real France outside of Paris.

Flag_fr.gif Tourisme en France, site officel de la Fédération Nationale des Offices de Tourisme et Syndicats d'Initiative. La France Secrète. Découvrez votre destination, choisissez votre itineraire, découvrez les terroirs, préparez votre voyage. Hébergement. Gastronomie. Découverte insolite. Détente.

Ambassade de France Visit the official site of the Embassy of France in the United States. Information about traveling, studying or working in France, a selection of articles from France Magazine, France from A to Z, Franco-American Relations, speeches and press releases and a kids' page. The site is searchable, too.

Maison de la France is the official site of the French Government Tourist Office. France is still the world's top tourist destination. This multilingual site (French, English, German, Italian, Spanish) provides information coordinated to your country of residence. Calendar of over 3,000 events throughout France. Discover the 22 French regions. Discover nature in France. Information for travel professions. Site search. Newsletter. Much more. If you are planning a trip to France, this is a good place to begin.

Météo France If you are planning a trip to France, you need to know what the weather will be. Your best resource is Meteo France, which offers a wide variety of information including interactive maps of France showing twenty-four hour forecasts, precipitation statistics, satellite maps, and ultraviolet and ozone indices. There's also a "Weather Watch Map," showing four color-coded threat levels for high winds, heavy rain, thunderstorms and snow and icy conditions. Indespensable.

flag_fr.gif Consulter le site de Météo France.

CybeVasion France. This multilingual site [ Français, English, Deutsch, Español, Italiano, Nederlands] enables visitors to find lodgings in France--hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, apartments, campsites and more


New.gif Rocket Languages has lots of lessons with voice recognition, as well as tips and tricks, to be able to get conversational in French more effectively.

Resources for First-Time French Speakers offers links to a number of courses designed for native English-speakers wishing to learn French. Topics include vocabulary and grammar, podcasts, games and quizzes and French culture.

Now you can throw your Bescherelle in the trash can! Verb2Verbe is a new site that provides conjugations and translations of over 4,000 French and English verbs. Plus, you can test your knowledge while it's still fresh in your mind by taking the online quizzes. The site is a labor of love designed by Alan Paul, an Australian Francophile currently living in Paris.

French is the only language spoken in France, right? Wrong. Professor Bernard Cerquiglini, Director of the l'Institut national de la langue française, wrote in Les Langues de la France that 75 languages are spoken in France and its overseas territories. In metropolitan France itself, people speak fourteen languages and numerous dialects, including Alsatian, Basque, Breton, Catalan, Corsican, Occitan, Flemish 1, 2, Picard , Franco-Provençal or Arpitan, Poitevin-Saintongeais, and one of the world's rarest languages, a Latin-derived dialect known as Welche that is spoken in several remote valleys of Alsace and has no connection whatsoever with Wales! Parlez-vous Welche?

And don’t forget French Slang and Verlan, the French version of Pig Latin.

Quia is a site designed principally for teachers and students. One feature of the site is that it allows instructors to design and upload lessons, activities, quizzes and tests. The Quia French page includes There are 7517 activities to help English-speakers learn French. The first 100 activities are on the default page for easy access. Caveat: Quia has not reviewed the material, thus some activities may contain inaccuracies.

French Lessons on the InternetFollow this link to eleven French language resources on the iLoveLanguages web site.

ATHENA Once you've mastered the language, or if you speak French already, check out this source of online French literature. Its creator, Pierre Perroud, says there are enough texts here to keep you busy for the next 20 years.
flag_fr.gif ATHENA: Bibliothèque française des textes numérisés. "Si vous ouvrez et lisez un texte chaque jour... vous aurez 20 ans de plus quand vous finirez ce travail." Bon courage!

flag_fr.gif Langue Française « Par amour de la langue française, au service de tous ses usagers. » Dépannage en français, difficultés, (bon) usage, syntaxe, orthographe, vocabulaire, étymologie, débats et dossiers thématiques : "Langue française» est un site à but non lucratif, entièrement tricoté à la main."

«Le français normal poursuit son cours.» (Raymond QUENEAU).


REFERENCE If you live in France or are planning to move to France, consult, the site with news and community for the expatriate. Contents include French news, personal finance, relocation, what's on, life in France, health and fitness, shopping, family and education and many more topics. There's a discussion forum, too.

Gallica is the site of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Consult more than 80,000 documents from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century.
flag_fr.gif Gallica, la bibliothèque numérique : 80.000 documents numérisés, une navigation plus intuitive. Le lecteur accède aujourd’hui à une bibliothèque multimédia dont les ressources documentaires s’étendent du Moyen Âge au début du XXe siècle.

France in the Age of Les Misérables was created in the spring semester 2001 by the Mount Holyoke College students of History 255: " 'Les Mis'and 'Les Media': Realities and Representations in France of the Les Misérables," taught by Professor Robert Schwartz. The site is divided into sections on courtesans, pleasures of the bourgeoisie, Bohemia, life on the street, the world of crime and mapping Paris. This is a user-friendly site with lots of information presented in an accessable manner. is an extremely useful portal created and maintained by the French government. Now you can access more than 6,600 public sites in English (local, national, European, International organizations, foreign nations)., le portail de l'administration française.

viaFrance, the internet guide to French events, diffuses the largest cultural and tourist events database in France. The site lists thousands of upcoming events in every region of France: from film and jazz festivals to art exhibits and trade shows. Subscribe to a customized Via France newsletter.
flag_fr.gif viaFrance. Vivez au coeur des événements! Depuis 1997, au coeur d'un réseau de plus de 6.000 partenaires, l'équipe pluri-disciplinaire de viaFrance recense, décrit, sélectionne et diffuse plus de 55 000 événements par an. Les informations sont remises à jour quotidiennement.


Did you know that for children born in France in 2016, Louise was the most popular girl's name and Léo the most popular boy's name? Learn about 12,074 French first names on
flag_fr.gif Consultez la liste complète des prénoms. Les prénoms à la mode. Les lois sur les prénoms en France. Abonnez-vous aux newsletters.

Tennessee Bob's Famous French Links. Robert D. Peckham (Tennessee Bob) is a professor of French at the University of Tennessee-Martin. He has assembled a collection of links relating to French language, culture, arts and history.

The French Republican Calendar (or Revolutionary Calendar) was officially adopted in France on October 24, 1793. The starting date for the calendar was the autumnal equinox, September 22, 1792. The calendar had 12 months of 30 days each, plus 5 or 6 leap days. The autumn months were given the names Vendémiaire, Brumaire, and Frimaire; the winter months were called Nivôse, Pluviôse, and Ventôse; the spring months were called Germinal, Floréal, and Prairial; and the summer months were called Messidor, Thermidor, and Fructidor. The extra days were called the Sans Culottides. Each month consisted of three weeks of ten days each. The calendar was abolished on January 1, 1806 by Emperor Napoleon I. Learn more about the calendar.

Learn today's date on the French Republican Calendar and convert any date since 1792.

Use this fantastic converter to learn what day it is on fourteen different calendars including the Gregorian, Julian, French Republican calendars as well as calculating the Hebrew, Islamic and Bahai dates, not forgetting the Mayan Long Count! <

It's Time for Metric Time Metric Time. In addition to creating the decimal-based metric system for distance, volume, weight and area, the French also replaced the cumbersome Babylonian day of twenty four hours divided into sixty minutes of sixty seconds each with a decimal time system. In the decimal system, a day is divided into 10 hours of 100 minutes each and each minute contains 100 seconds. Thus there were 100,000 seconds in a day.

A handful of decimal clocks and watches were manufactured in France during the last decade of the 18th century; they are now valuable collectibles. Here is a picture of a French clock face circa 1795 showing both metric and Babylonian time. A dual clock face is enhanced with revolutionary symbolism. This beautiful three-face clock adds a dial showing the 30 days of each Republican month.

Learn more about Metric and Decimal time on the Guide to Metric Time website.


La France à Travers des Ages. This resource contains scores of literary, historical and cultural links in French and English. Although he site does not appear to have been updated in many years, consequently many of the links on the site are dead, enough useful links remain to warrant taking a look. You might be surprised!

Recherche de cartes postales Recherche de cartes postales Access three data bases of French postcards. No, not that kind! Plenty of views of old Chambourcy; unfortunately, no views of the Désert de Retz.

Dominique Césari has located a dozen rare postcards of the Désert de Retz from the early twentieth century. Recommended!


A site of the French Ministry of Foreign Affaires and International Development, France Diplomatie publishes articles in Arabic, English, Spanish, French and Chinese flag_fr.gif « France diplomatie » propose des enquêtes, reportages, entretiens, portraits… réalisés par des journalistes indépendants ou issus des meilleurs titres de la presse française sur toutes les façettes de la France d'aujourd'hui.

RFI. Radio France Internationale. Hear and read the latest news from France in 15 languages.
flag_fr.gif Ecoutez RFI en 15 langues.


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