The French Republic or République Française is the largest country in the European Union.
With an area of 551,000 kilometers, it’s almost a fifth of the EU’s total area.
At 29,000 km, the French rail network is the second largest in Europe after Germany and the ninth largest in the world.
It is the world’s most popular tourist destination, with more than 84 million visitors in 2014.
Metropolitan France has four coastlines: the North Sea, English Channel, Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
One of the western regions of France, known as Poitou-Charentes, enjoys a temperate climate because of its proximity to the Bay of Biscay. This is where the historic Château du Petit Chêne in Mazières-en-Gâtine is located. The area offers picturesque scenery and historic castles and some of the region’s best golf courses.