France is the largest country in Western Europe and the European Union, and the third-largest in Europe as a whole.
With a total population of around 66 million, it is the third most-populous European country.
France is one of only three countries (besides Morocco and Spain) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. The capital and largest city is Paris.
In terms of total household wealth, France is the wealthiest nation in Europe and fourth in the world.
French citizens enjoy a high standard of living, with the country performing well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, civil liberties, and human development.
With 83 million foreign tourists in 2012, France is ranked as the first tourist destination in the world.
France, especially Paris, has some of the world's largest and renowned museums, including the Louvre, which is the most visited art museum in the world. Disneyland Paris is Europe's most popular theme park, with 15 million visitors to the resort's Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.
With more than 10 million tourists a year, the French Riviera (or Côte d'Azur), in the Provence region in south-east France, is the second leading tourist destination in the country, after the Paris region. The French Riviera largest city is Nice.
Another major destination are the Châteaux of the Loire Valley, this World Heritage Site is famous for its architectural heritage, in its historic towns but in particular its castles (châteaux). The city of Orléans, recognized over the world thanks to its heroine Joan of Arc, is the gateway to the Loire Valley.
On the Atlantic coast in the west, Normandy is very popular place to visit.
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