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The 12 bridges in France you just have to cross

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The 12 bridges in France you just have to cross
Photo: Tourisme Midi-Pyrénées/Flickr
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In life, bridges have to be crossed and luckily some of the most beautiful are in France. Here are 12 bridges that you simply have to cross at some point in your life, from the old to the new, the stunning to the unusual.
 

(Photo: Jane drumsara/Flickr)
 
This fascinating bridge in southern France is a Unesco Heritage Site and was built to allow the Nimes aqueduct to cross the Gard River. Unesco calls it a "technical as well as an artistic masterpiece" - and it's not hard to see why. The 50-metre high bridge, which spans three levels, was built by the Romans halfway through the 1st century AD.
 
Millau Viaduct
 
(Photo: Jack Versloot/Flickr)
 
The Millau Viaduct over the valley of the River Tarn in southern France is the tallest bridge in the entire world at 343 metres. It's used as a motorway, so you can forget walking across - that is, unless there's a race going on (see above).
 
The Briare Aquaduct
 
(Photo: Virginia Manso /Flickr)
 
What about a bridge you can cross in a boat? That's the case here in Briare, where you can cross the river in a man made canal bridge. You can also cross the bridge on foot.

Find it at the town of Briare, in the Loiret département in central France.
 
The Morlaix Viaduct 
 
(Photo: Mathieu Brient/Flickr)
 
This viaduct is nestled right across the town of Morlaix, and provides a stunning backdrop for a stroll through the streets. If you want to cross the bridge itself, a train line runs along the top level.
 
Find it in Morlaix, Brittany, western France. 
 
The Simone-de-Beauvoir footbridge, Paris
 

(Photo: maéli/Flickr)
 
We could have picked so many famous bridges from Paris, but we decided to go with one of the lesser known ones.
 
This bridge is the most modern on the list, completed in 2006. It's a bridge reserved especially for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the River Seine. The roller coaster-like design means you'll probably see budding photographers lying down trying to catch some awesome effects. Watch your step.
 
Find it close to the Quai de la Gare Metro station, linking the 12th and 13th arrondissements of Paris. 
 
The pont du diable, Céret
(Photo: thierry llansades/Flickr)
 
This bridge marked a mean architectural feat when it was completed in 1341, as it was the largest arch bridge in the world. It held the title for 15 years. The bridge's name translates to The Devil's Bridge, and legend has it that locals were too scared to cross it for years in the fear that the devil would claim their souls. 
 
Find it at the town of Céret on the south coast of France, near the Spanish border. 
 
The pont Valentré, Cahors 
 

(Photo: Tourisme Midi-Pyrénées/Flickr)
 
This 40-metre high bridge is a symbol of the town of Cahors, in southern France. It was built in the 14th century and crosses the Lot river. 
 
The Saint-Georges footbridge, Lyon
 
(Photo: Lyon Tourism Board)
 
This bridge in Lyon was built in the 19th century, partially destroyed in the second world war, then rebuilt in its original form. Many compare it to the Pont des Arts in Paris, as it's a popular spot for lovebirds to hang a love-lock to show their everlasting love. 
 
The pont Napoléon, Luz-Saint-Sauveur
 
(Photo: Jean-Christophe Benoist/Flickr)
 
Here's a bridge on the list that you can cross via bungee jump. Yes, this thrill-seeker's hangout in Luz-Saint-Sauveur, on the Spanish border and was built under the watchful eye of Napoleon III. It measures 63 metres high and was opened in 1863. 
 
The pont Vieux, Orthez
 
(Photo: Mossot/WikiCommons)
 
This 13th century bridge in the southwest of France is just 11 metres high - but it sure looks majestic. It crosses the River Pau, and can be found in the old town of Orthez.
 
The Garabit Viaduct
 
(Photo: Graeme Churchard/Flickr)
 
This bridge was designed by the same man who was behind the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty - Gustave Eiffel. In fact, the architect really made a name for himself with the Garabit Viaduct, which was completed in 1884. 
 
You can find this railway arch bridge in Cantal, in the mountainous Massif Central region. Film buffs might recognize the bridge from 1976's The Cassandra Crossing.
 
Enjoy this list? Be sure to check out the ten Paris streets you just have to walk down.
 
A version of this article was published in November 2015
 
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