Whether you're a geography pro or haven't picked up an atlas in your life, find out just how good your knowledge of l'Héxagone is with this insightful quiz.
If you're looking for a getaway you could do a lot worse than one of France's offshore destinations.
From Caribbean sunshine to donkeys in pyjamas, there is a lot on offer, so get involved and tell us your favourite.
We're heading offshore for a tour around some of France's beautiful island destinations
Probably France's most instantly recognisable island, the Normandy tourist attraction is a UNESCO world heritage site and has hosted a religious community since the 8th Century.
The island off the west coast of France is Ile de Ré's slightly larger brother to the south. Renowned for the production of oysters, salt and wine, it's a very popular holiday destination.
Sometimes known as France's version of The Hamptons because of the large number of wealthy Parisians who have second homes there, Ile de Ré lies off the west coast of France, near La Rochelle, and is accessible from the mainland by a bridge. It is famed for its donkeys which sometimes wear trousers (honestly).
This lesser-known island – accessible via a causeway at low tide – is well worth a visit for its lovely scenery and famous potatoes, which are much sought-after by chefs.
The Mediterranean island of Corsica might have been home to the world's most famous Frenchman, but it did not become French until 1769 and earlier Italian influences can still be seen in its architecture and place names. The centre of the island is mountainous and so isolated that a new species – dubbed the 'cat fox' – was discovered there in 2019.
France has several 'overseas territories' which means that the island of Martinique is as much a part of France as Paris, despite being located in the Caribbean. The beautiful island is a tourist hotspot, but away from the resorts there are serious social problems and poverty.
The former sugar-producing slave colony of Gaudeloupe sits in the Caribbean and is an archipelago of six islands. As an overseas French territory it, like Martinique, is counted as part of France.
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