France

France

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The French Republic is located in western Europe, southeast of Great Britain and between Belgium and Spain. The country borders on the Mediterranean Sea, the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay. The population of France is about 65 million people.

The government of France is a republic with a president as chief of state and elected by popular vote. A prime minister is head of government and is appointed by the president.

France is one of the most developed countries with the fifth largest economy in the world and a high standard of living. France is also the most visited country in the world, receiving 82 million foreign tourists annually. The country is known for good food, wine, and landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Versailles to name just a few. Southern France includes Mediterranean destinations, such as Nice and St. Tropez on the French Riviera.

Currency EUR: Euro
Language French
Capital Paris
Recent Alerts 4
Latest Alert March 20, 2017 - Protest in Paris becomes violent

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in France. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Chikungunya Fever

Some cases of chikungunya fever have occurred in southern France.

Hepatitis B

There is a risk of hepatitis B in this country.

Hepatitis A

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this country.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis

There is a risk of tick-borne encephalitis in some areas of the country below 1,400 meters. The transmission season varies, however, and ticks are most active during early spring to late autumn (March to November).

Rabies

Rabies may occur in bats in this country.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to France.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a risk of hepatitis B in the country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers who may have direct contact with bats, e.g., campers, hikers, adventure travellers, cavers or researchers.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis Vaccine

Vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis is recommended if travelling in areas where contact with ticks might occur (camping, hiking, outdoor activities) below 1,400 meters during early spring to late autumn (March to November).

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to France.

None required.

Safety and Security in France

Emergency Numbers

112

Personal Safety

Most travellers to France do not experience any safety or security problems.

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing, does occur in tourist areas and on public transportation, especially in major cities. Be aware of anyone using distraction techniques for theft, such as spilling food or drink or asking questions. In Paris, violent theft on public transportation has increased (Metro, RER lines and stations, such as the Gare du Nord Eurostar terminus). Assaults have been reported, particularly on the RER line D. Travellers should be cautious and alert on public transportation in Paris, as well as suburb areas.

There are ongoing threats to France by Islamist groups. On January 7, 2015, gunmen attacked the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine and killed twelve people. Be alert, aware, and follow any advice of French authorities.

Carry an identification document with you at all times (passport, driver’s license, etc). If asked, you must provide this document or within 4 hours at a police station.

It is illegal for anyone to conceal their face in France with any garment, including full-face veils. The penalty is a maximum find of 150 Euros. It is also illegal for anyone to force someone to hide their face, and the penalty is a fine of up to 30,000 Euros and a year in prison. The penalty for forcing a minor to hide their face is doubled. Travellers to France are not exempt from this law.

Political Unrest

Strikes, student demonstrations and labour demonstrations do occur. Travellers are advised to avoid large gatherings in the streets or on university campuses since even peaceful rallies can escalate unexpectedly.

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