Moving and Living in France
Historically and culturally France is among one of the most important nations in the Western world, having played a highly significant role in historic international affairs, with former colonies in every corner of the globe. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the Alps and Pyrenees, France is the geographic, economic and linguistic bridge joining Northern and Southern Europe.
France is the largest country in Europe and one of the most diverse – with German influences along the northern border, Spanish notions in the south and Italian elements from Nice to Marseille. As one of the oldest nations globally, France’s landmarks, fashion, film and culture are deeply influenced by the country’s long-standing history.
France’s major cities and provinces are bursting with life and activity, from the vibrant riverside cafes and restaurants on the Seine River in Paris to Provence’s quaint medieval artists’ villages and sun-drenched seaports, the architectural grandeur and political history of the Palace of Versailles, and the winter wonderland of powdery snow in the French Alps. There is so much more to France than the traditional tourist destinations, with multiple film, food and cultural festivals and destinations of natural beauty.