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About France

    Where is France?

    Flag of France Metropolitan France: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain

    French Guiana: Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Brazil and Suriname

    Guadeloupe: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Puerto Rico

    Martinique: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago

    Mayotte: Southern Indian Ocean, island in the Mozambique Channel, about half way between northern Madagascar and northern Mozambique

    Reunion: Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar

    Coordinates: 0° South, 0° West
    Map of France

    What is the France weather like?

    Metropolitan France: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral

    French Guiana: tropical; hot, humid; little seasonal temperature variation

    Guadeloupe and Martinique: subtropical tempered by trade winds; moderately high humidity; rainy season (June to October); vulnerable to devastating cyclones (hurricanes) every eight years on average

    Mayotte: tropical; marine; hot, humid, rainy season during northeastern monsoon (November to May); dry season is cooler (May to November)

    Reunion: tropical, but temperature moderates with elevation; cool and dry (May to November), hot and rainy (November to April)