France

Take a quick virtual trip to France with our Paris landmark colouring pages, story paper and French flag printables. You can also learn a little about France below.

France

France Printables

France Story Paper
Take a virtual trip around France with your colouring pencils and your imagination with our lovely...
Visit the biggest landmarks of France's beautiful capital city, Paris, with us by printing and...
France Flag Printables
The French flag - also known as the Tricolour - can be found here in all sorts of useful shapes and...
France Postcards
We've got two of our printable postcards with some Paris landmarks - the Louvre and the Eiffel...
France Worksheets
Put France into context on a map of Europe and research some interesting facts about the country...

Learn About France

Geography of France:

  • The French Republic is the largest country in Western Europe and home to 64 million citizens.
  • France has a norther border with Luxembourg and Belgium, whilst Germany, Switzerland and Italy are to the east. Spain is to the south across the Pyrenees mountains.
  • France also has overseas territories in the Caribbean, South America and Africa, which are as extensive as mainland France.
  • Mont Blanc in the Alps is Western Europe’s highest peak at 4,810 metres. In 1786 the first recorded ascent by Jacques Blamat and Michel Paccard marked the start of modern mountaineering. Modern visitors may take a cable car from Chamonix or drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel which is 11.6km long.
  • France is the world’s most popular tourist destination, with 83 million foreign visitors in 2012. Disneyland Paris, built in 1992, is the top attraction.

Towns and Cities

  • Bastille Day on July 14th celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 during the French Revolution.
  • The Musee du Louvre is the world's largest museum and home to paintings such Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Built to protect Paris from Vikings, the Louvre became a French Royal Palace until Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles.
  • The 312 metre high Eiffel Tower was the world’s tallest building in 1889, until The Empire State Building topped it in 1931. It has 18,000 metal girders connected by 2.5 million rivets.
  • Denim, a blue dyed fabric used to make jeans, is named after the town of Nimes where the material was first produced.
  • London is France’s 6th largest city, with an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 French residents!

More Interesting Facts about France

  • France is named after the Franks, one of the barbarian tribes who settled here from Germany in the 5th century CE.
  • French baguettes or stick of bread were invented because bakers were not allowed to start working until 4AM so did not have time to make wider loaves of bread!
  • Charles Perrault wrote the fairy tales Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots and Little Red Riding Hood  in the 17th century.
  • French children celebrate their Christmas feasts with a 'bûche de Noël' which is a cake rolled up and decorated with chocolate to look like a log.
  • France’s most famous comic hero is Asterix the Gaul. Worldwide sales exceed 350 million books.
  • The oldest bridge in Paris across the River Seine is called the Pont Neuf, which means New Bridge. It was built in 1578.
  • The Tour de France is Europe’s top cycling event, covering 3,200 km over 21 stages. The leading rider wears a yellow jersey. The race, which began in 1903, also crosses into neighbouring countries.
  • The Millau Viaduct across the River Tarn measures 343 metres, making it the world’s tallest bridge. It was built in 2004 because there were traffic jams on the route from Spain and the south of France to Paris.

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