Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. French people often refer to Metropolitan France as L'Hexagone, because of the geometric shape of its territory.
France is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra, and Spain. France is also linked to the United Kingdom by the Channel Tunnel, which passes underneath the English Channel.
France is the most visited country in the world, receiving over 79 million foreign tourists annually France is one of the founding members of the European Union, and has the largest land area of all members. France is also a founding member of the United Nations.
The railway network in France totals 31,840 kilometres (19,784 mi), the most extensive in Western Europe, and is operated by the SNCF.
Airlines to fly to France: Delta, Air France, Lufthansa, United Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Swiss International, US Airways, Iberia, Malev, Czech Airlines, LOT, Finnair.
Cities to fly into France: Paris, Marseilles, Lyon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Lille, Nice.