USEFUL FACTS FOR MOVING TO FRANCE
The French population is continuing to grow and at the beginning of 2018 there were a total of 67.2 million people living in France according to Insee. This represents an increase of 233,000 people during the year 2017, a percentage growth of 0.3 percent.
Despite this, the pace of growth is lower than witnessed in previous years.
French traditions and culture hold a special fascination for foreigners. Certain elements of the culture are world-famous, such as the deep regard the French have for excellent food and wine. Other parts are less well-known, and you’ll only discover it when you’ve made some horrible faux pas (mistake) at a dinner party. When you stay in France, whether for four days or four years, familiarizing yourself with its cultures and traditions will deepen your experience. Here’s a quick guide to set you on your way. France is a country of 65 million people. The country is multiethnic and multicultural, but it’s illegal to keep statistics on different ethnicities, so the actual percentage of the population each group comprises is unknown. It’s estimated that 83%-88% of the population is Catholic, 2% Protestant, 5%-10% Muslim, 1% Jewish, 1% Buddhist, and less than 1% Sikh. Ethnic groups include: Bretons, Basques, North Africans, Africans, Eastern Europeans, Southeast Asians, and more.
In France, the vast majority of native citizens speak French. This fact causes many English-speaking foreigners much anxiety, as the French have a long-held and rather unfair reputation for not liking to speak English. In reality, plenty of French people, particularly in large cities such as Paris, speak English well and enjoy doing so. But, on the whole, French people dislike being addressed in English by foreigners without first being asked whether they speak English.
in French Aéroport de Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle, formerly known as Roissy Aéroport due to the name of the district where it is located, is the largest international airport in France serving Paris and Île-de-France region, and one of the busiest airports worldwide. It is located at 25 kilometers northeast of Paris, in the town of Roissy.
Given its wide extension, 32,38 square kilometers, the airport facilities are distributed along three areas and six communes. Charles de Gaulle Airport was named after Charles de Gaulle, who not only was the leader of the Free French Forces during the WWII, he also founded the French Fifth Republic and was the president of France from 1959 to 1969.
Marseille Fos Port is the main trade seaport of France. In 2011, the port had an overall traffic of 88 million tons. It was also one of the 15 world’s largest cruise ports and the fifth-largest in the Mediterranean. It has two main sites: in northern Marseille from La Joliette to l’Estaque as well as in Fos-sur-Mer, about 50 km (31 mi) north west of Marseille. The port generates 45,000 jobs and €4 billion according to an OECD study. The port is the biggest French port, the second Mediterranean port and the fourth European port, making it the 41st port in the world in 2014, transporting 85,997,000 tons of goods.
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