France is a medium-sized country situated in the continent of Europe.
It is an important member of the world community, though not nearly as important as it thinks.
It is bordered by Germany, Spain, Switzerland and smaller nations of no particular importance and with not very good shopping.
France is a very old country with many treasures, such as the Louvre and Euro Disney.
Among its contributions to western civilization are champagne, Camembert cheese and the guillotine.
Although France likes to think of itself as a modern nation, air conditioning is little used and it is next to impossible for Americans to get decent Mexican food there.
One continuing exasperation for American visitors is that local people insist on speaking in French, though many will speak English if shouted at.
France has a population of 65 million people. 60 million of these drink and smoke (the other 5 million are small children).
All French people drive like lunatics, are dangerously over sexed, and have no concept of standing patiently in line.
French people are in general gloomy, temperamental, proud, arrogant, aloof and disciplined; those are their good points.
Most French citizens are Roman Catholic, though you would hardly guess it from their behavior.
Many French are communists.
Men sometimes have girls’ names like Marie or Michel, and they kiss each other when they meet.
American travelers are advised to travel in groups and wear baseball caps and colorful trousers for easy recognition.
In general, France is a safe destination, although travelers must be aware that from time to time it is invaded by Germany.
Traditionally, the French surrender immediately.
A tunnel connecting France to Britain beneath the English Channel has been opened in recent years to make it easier for the French government to flee to London during future German invasions.
Charlemagne discovered France in the Dark Ages.
Other important historical figures are Louis XIV, the Huguenots, Joan of Arc, Jacques Cousteau and Charles de Gaulle, who was President for many years and is now an airport.
No matter how much garlic you put on it, a snail is just a slug with a shell on its back.
Croissants, on the other hand, are excellent, although it is impossible for Americans to pronounce this word.
In general, travelers are advised to stick to cheeseburgers.
France has a large and diversified economy, second only to Germany’s in Europe, which is surprising because the French hardly work at all.
If they are not spending four hours dawdling over lunch, the French are on strike, blocking roads with their trucks and tractors.
France’s principal exports, in order of importance to the economy, are wine, nuclear weapons, perfume, guided missiles, champagne, guns, grenade launchers, land mines, tanks, attack aircraft, miscellaneous armaments and cheese.
France has more holidays than any other nation in the world. Among its 361 national holidays are:
197 Saints’ days
37 National Liberation Days
16 Declaration of Various Republic Days
54 Return of Charles de Gaulle-in-triumph-as-if-he-won-the-war-single-handedly Days
17 Napoleon-called-back-from-exile Days
2 “France is Great and the Rest of the World Stinks” days.