The national currency is replaced by the EURO. Notes come in denominations of EUR 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins come in denominations of 2, 1, 0.5, 0.2, 0.1, 0.05 and 0.01.
Credit/ Debit Cards and ATMs
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. There are plenty of ATMs.
Travellers cheques are accepted almost everywhere.
French culture is derived from an ancient civilisation comprising a complex mix of Celtic, Greco-Roman, and Germanic elements. The culture of France has profoundly influenced that of the entire Western world, particularly in the areas of art and letters, and Paris has long been regarded as the fountainhead of French culture.
Maritime rescue/Sauveteurs en Mer: 1616
A temperate climate in the north, whilst north-eastern areas have a more continental climate with warm summers and colder winters. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with some snow likely in winter. The Jura Mountains have an alpine climate. Lorraine, sheltered by bordering hills, has a relatively mild climate. It has a Mediterranean climate in the south although the mountains are cooler with heavy snow in winter.
The Atlantic influences the climate of the western coastal areas from the Loire to the Basque region where the weather is temperate and relatively mild with rainfall throughout the year. Summers can be very hot and sunny. Inland areas are mild and the French slopes of the Pyrenees are renowned for their sunshine record. A Mediterranean climate exists on the Riviera, and in Provence and Roussillon. Weather in the French Alps is variable. Continental weather is present in Auvergne, Burgundy and the Rhône Valley. Very strong winds (such as the Mistral) can occur throughout the entire region.