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France

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capital

Paris

population

65 350 000

area

674 843 km²

languages

French

currency

Euro

GDP

$2.254 trillion

Int'l organizations

WTO, EU, OECD, G-8, G-20,UNIDO

Majority of trade shows hosted by France is organized in Paris, Lyon and Nantes. Paris region  provides an ideal opportunity to make contact with the world's biggest market - Europe. By taking part in one of a Paris region trade show, you can present your products at the heart of this market and be sure to meet France and Europe's key companies as well as world leaders. The Paris region offers exceptional infrastructures for hosting events. With over 595,000 m2 of covered space, the region boasts the largest exhibition surface area in the world, with the largest convention centre being Paris Porte de Versailles. Exhibition centres, tradeshow organisers and companies from the Paris region pull out all the stops to make sure that the participation of everyone at trade shows is a success. Its outstanding hosting capacity, quality of services provided to visitors, economic strength and position at the heart of Europe make the Paris region a key platform for exchange, a metropolis firmly oriented towards the future and innovation, where countless tradeshows of international renown are hosted.

Famous for its wines and cheeses, France is the world’s most popular tourist destination receiving 82 million foreign tourists annual. Visitors are attracted by historic cities, a beautiful countryside, the castles of the Loire Valley, and Brittany and Normandy. In addition, France offers an agreeable climate, some excellent beaches on the French Riviera, the Atlantic coast and the island of Corsica, wide possibilities for winter sports, most notably in the Alps and the Pyrenees, and a rich culture with food and wines that are among the most celebrated in the world. France is packed with fantastic attractions to visit: the rich blue-green sea, diverse shopping, splendid dining and lovely art-deco façades. But there are several spots that a tourist simply must see, such as the Cours Saleya Flower Market, the Matisse Museum, ancient Roman ruins, the Russian Cathedral and more. 

The French transportation system is one of the best in western Europe. Trains are a great way to get around in France. You can get pretty much from anywhere to anywhere else by train. For long distances, use the TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse - High-Speed Train) on which reservations are obligatory. But, if you have time, take the slow train and enjoy the scenery. The landscape is part of what makes France one of the top tourist destinations in the world. France’s superb rail network reaches almost every part of the country. Many towns and villages not on the SNCF train and bus network are served by bus lines linking départements. France is linked via railroad to all adjacent countries except Andorra. The most popular train link is between the UK and France via the Channel Tunnel (or Chunnel), on the Eurostar line. Having your own car gives you exceptional freedom and allows you to visit more remote parts of France. Major French cities have international airports that link France to almost every other country in the world. The busiest airport is Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris, which receives most of the international flights. But many other cities, such as Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Strasbourg and Toulouse have important international airports, allowing you to plan your vacation depending on which region you are heading to.

Hotels in France come in 4 categories from 1 to 4 stars. This is the official rating given by the Ministry of Tourism, and it is posted at the entrance on a blue shield. Stars are awarded according to objective yet somewhat outdated administrative criteria. Rates vary according to accommodation, location and sometimes high or low season or special events. Hotels located in city centres or near train stations are often very small, which means that you should book ahead. Many newer hotels, business oriented, are found in the outskirts of cities and are sometimes larger structures but they may not be easy to reach with a public transportation. Throughout France, mainly in rural areas but also in towns and cities, you can find B&Bs and gîtes. 

Paris is especially known for its exquisite nightlife. While bars are closing around 2am, clubs are open until the end of the night. Young Parisians head for high-tech dance clubs and renown DJ’s.

Travelers are unlikely to encounter difficulties finding someone who speaks English, especially in the cities and tourist centres. In France, English is considered to be the language of tourism. 

 

Trade shows in France:

 

Cannes Air Show

Cfia

Eurocancer

EuroMedtech

Euronaval

Eurosatory

Expolangues

Foire International de Paris

HIT Paris

Industrie Paris

JEC Europe

MAPIC

MedTec

MIPIM

Nutripack

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Motor Show

Premiere Vision

Salon du Cheval

Salon Internationale De L'Aeronautique et De L'Espace

Seminaire Expo

SERBOTEL

SIAL

SIPEC

SIRHA

Additional Info

  • flag file: fr.png
  • coat of arms file: fr.png
  • capital: Paris
  • population: 65 350 000
  • area: 674 843 km²
  • languages: French
  • currency: Euro
  • GDP: $2.254 trillion
  • Int'l organizations: WTO, EU, OECD, G-8, G-20,UNIDO

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