In Pictures: Delightful photos of France at its spring best

In Pictures: Delightful photos of France at its spring best
Spring sprigs by the Eiffel Tower. Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP
Record temperatures may have made it feel like France skipped straight from winter to summer, but the heat isn't yet baking, the tourists are still manageable and the countryside is just popping into bloom: it must be spring.

Don't get impatient for summer just yet. As these delightful photos show, springtime in France is something to be savoured.

After-work picnic season has officially begun.


Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP

The Bois de Boulogne on the outskirts of Paris is in full bloom…

 

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… And so are the vineyards of Cassis.


Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP

Corsica is begging to be hiked.

 

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It's perfect cycling weather along the Canal du Midi.


Photo: Eric Cabanis/AFP 

Annecy is pretty in pastels. 

 

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Snow above, spring below in Saverdun near the Pyrenees. 


Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

Beach weather? You betcha. Here's the kite festival in Berck-sur-Mer.


Photo: Denis Charlet/AFP 

Trips to the market are a lot more colourful. 

Magnolia blossoms in Strasbourg.


Photo: Patrick Herzog/AFP

It's just about time to start dreaming of buying that little farmhouse in the south. 

 

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Or of moving to Brittany and getting a boat.