Country in Western Europe known for food, culture, and architecture, with a Mediterranean coast and Paris as its capital and largest city.

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Camping in French National Parks

'Wild camping' is permitted in France, but not in national parks, according to this question. How strictly is this enforced, and what are the consequences of camping in the a national park? Are ...
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Western Union collection from another post office in France?

A bit of an emergency, my prepaid Euro card has broken and the company Travelex has sent a money gram with the balance of the card to a Post office in Merebel ski resort which is in the valley next to ...
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Are there EU Regulations/Laws or French Laws regarding hotel services/amenities?

As the title says are there any laws or regulations that state what services/amenities must be provided inclusive of stay in hotel/motel in France? Booked a holiday to the French Alps and the self-...
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France Rail Pass, seat reservations to travel within France

I bought a France Rail Pass, "9 days within 1 month" (single country) My itinerary is Paris Lyon Grenoble Chamonix (I want to go to Chamonix from either Lyon or Grenoble) Nice (pop out to ...
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Convention d’accueil

I have been asked to bring this document "Convention d’accueil" for short stay visa in France, with me on the date of appointment, I could not understand from where I can get this document? Any idea ...
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Recommendations for exploring Brussels and nearby cities [closed]

What points of interest in Brussels and what nearby cities would be recommended when the intend is to solely rely on bus and public transportation rather than rental car. Baggage is not an issue. ...
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Schengen visa waiver for US citizens after residence permit expires?

I'm a US citizen working in Finland. I'm waiting for my residence permit renewal to be processed, which takes quite a long time. (Recently, it seems that the turnaround time is over 120 days. I don'...
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Recalling the train/seat details for a SNCF ticket loaded onto your Voyageur card?

One of the advantages of the SNCF Voyageur program (as touched on in this existing question here) is VOTRE CARTE CONTIENT VOTRE BILLET. This means that when booking your ticket online, you can enter ...
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As an EU national, what (if any) ID do I need to carry when crossing between France and Belgium?

Based on the expats question "If asked for ID in France by the police, as an EU national what is considered valid?", I know what the rules are for carrying ID as a Brit in France. Secondly, I know ...
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How long does it take to process a French working holiday visa?

I am an Australian, and I need a French Working Holiday visa starting October 16. I will be traveling from August 1 until then. Since I can only apply for the visa a maximum of 3 months before, I have ...
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Stage 15 of le tour ending at Mont Ventoux - how to get there?

I am playing with the thought of getting down to France to see some of the 100th edition of le tour. The 15th stage ends spectacularly at Mont Ventoux after a 20.7 km climb at 7.5%. pic by ...
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Public transport options between Paris and EuroDisney

We're based in the UK, trying to arrange a family holiday for next year where everyone can enjoy themselves. So, a few days at Eurodisney and a few days in the city of Paris. We don't want to stay on ...
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How to get from Poitiers TGV station to Futuroscope-du-Poitou

I will be arriving at the TGV train station in Poitiers (from the direction of Paris if that matters) and from there, I want to travel to the Futuroscope-du-Poitou site, where I'd prefer public ...
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Accepted student with long sejour visa (OFII) to France, but arriving as tourist

I have been accepted as student for the 2013 January intake. Since the “lettre de attestation” says the program will start by the 4th of January I suppose my visa will be valid just before the program ...
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Public transport journey planner for Lille?

Normally when I'm looking for a public transport trip planner, I try google maps first. If Google have coverage for the city, it's often a good start, and I can find out the official one later (eg by ...
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Crossing French-UK border under 18 alone

This august I am planning to travel around Europe and want to cross the French-UK border. I am under 18 and won't be with my parents or legal guardian, so what kind of documents do I need to have with ...
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Is there a list of countries that do not reset the “clock” for Canada visits?

Note: this is about Canada. When travelling to the USA, you cannot reset the 90-day counter by going to Canada or Mexico, if you are a national of a country taking part in the Visa Waiver Program. ...
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Can I travel to France with my wife who does not have a visa?

Can I travel to France with my wife and child? I have a British passport and so does our daughter, however my wife has a UK stateless travel document. We are looking to travel this Christmas to her ...
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Stealth camping in France

Can I use the French aires to camp overnight? I have a VW Transporter van with a bed, 2 dogs, a camping stove and bottled water and loo bottle. I want to be safe but I don't need the constraints of a ...
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Dog passport in EU, Vet on way back?

We're considering taking our Dog into France from the UK on holiday. We will probably be travelling on the Eurostar. Looking through the web site on getting a dog passport it all seems pretty ...
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Getting from Lille to Paris by public transport, after 10pm

I've been looking at train times from Lille to Paris, and was rather surprised to discover that the last train back is very early. On Monday-Saturday it leaves Lille at 21:51, and gets into Paris at ...
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OFII form in France [closed]

I am an American student studying in Dijon for a semester and had a question regarding the OFII form. I will be in France for the duration of 3 months and 5 days, and I have some other friends ...
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French visa confusion

I currently hold a multi entry Schengen visa that is valid until May. I have used up my 90 days for this 6 month period staying with my parents who have recently emigrated tho France. I am now moving ...
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Intercités de Nuit “Espace Privatif" with 2nd class Interrail?

The French Intercites de Nuit offer the option to book Espace Privatif for a supplement. It is available when booking at least one ticket in first class or at least four in second class. For example,...
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Cell phone service providers in France with English customer support

Which major cell phone providers provide English customer support in France? Not speaking French, I find it extremely daunting to deal with them and I already had some rather bad experiences with a ...
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Ground on “type E” plug adapter

I brought to the US a French Belkin F7C01008 power-strip with a "type E" plug. I got an adapter for US plugs, however it lacks the "male grounding pin" that the French type E plug expects. Although ...
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Europe: differences between colours of highway road-signs

I'm now travelling in France and - as any Italian - one of the first thing we learn when running on highways is that the road signs have a different colour. In particular, in this case it is pretty ...
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Can I travel from France to UK with a recently expired French passport?

I'm a French national, with a recently expired passport (expired 1 month ago) and no national ID card. I'd like to go to London from Paris (by bus, if it matters). Can I do so with my expired passport?...
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In Paris, can one purchase pre-paid sim card upon arrival at CDG airport?

Going to Paris with just 3 days stay. Would like local SIM card, no data. Is it possible to purchase at airport?
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Can I travel to France for the second time with my visa type D?

I was doing exchange programme in France for 4 months. For this, I got the visa for a long stay. Particulars mentioned on my visa are: France (sauf CTOM) From 22-08-2013 till 22-02-2014 Type of ...
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Driving from Nice city (France) to Nice airport are there gas stations that are open early morning?

We've an early morning 7am flight from Nice airport. Are there any gas stations close to Nice airport which are open around 5-5.30am and you can use your credit card to fill up the gas.
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When should one travel by car instead of train when traveling France?

I'm debating if I should travel France by car or not, but I don't know what I need to take into consideration. I'm at the age where I'll be forced to travel first class if I travel France's Eurail. At ...
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How early before departure can I reserve train tickets in France?

I'm trying to book a train journey in France for September. We are currently in May and the SNCF website does not allow me to reserve tickets such a long time (4 months) in advance. So here is the ...
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Why are hotels in Paris too expensive? [closed]

I am planning on vacationing in Paris for a few days and really have a problem with these expensive hotels. I have two options: Pay too much, at least 220€/night and stay in comfortable/safe hotel. ...
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Can I combine two French stamps?

I want to send a postcard to the US from France. I have two stamps that can be used to send mail within France (value 0.69 each). A normal international stamp is 0.89€. Can I just put these two ...
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Prepaid SIM card for data in UK, France, and Finland

I want to buy a SIM card with prepaid data plan in UK. I will travel around France and Finland. I'm staying for less than a month, and I expect to use <250 MB. It seems that most plans don't allow ...
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Train Route from CDG to Calais

What is the train route from Charles de Gaulle airport to Calais? I see that there is a train station inside the airport. Is there only one station or many? If there are many stations please let me ...
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Leaving France without having gotten OFII stamp

US passport. I have a long stay visitor visa in France for one year. I never got the OFII stamp/vingette. I know other people who have left France having never gotten OFII and had no problem. The ...
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Schengen visa refused two times by the French consulate, how to appeal? [closed]

I have been denied visa twice by the French embassy, how do I appeal? Reason were subsistence and justification and purpose of intended stay not reliable. I am a working guy in an IT company. I gave ...
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How to calculate road toll charges when driving from Spain to Germany?

How much does one have to pay to go the whole way from San Sebastián (Northern Spain) to Munich (Germany) via French (and possibly Swiss) highways (i.e. autoroute or Autobahn)? Google Maps currently ...
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Applying for a Schengen visa in Paris?

I am currently having a Schengen visa (short stay visa: 90 days). My visa was issued by the French embassy, multi-entries, valid for 1 year, with a maximum stay of 90 days. And it will expire next ...
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Is it easy to get a visa for France if one already has a visa for the UK and applies from the UK?

For a Russian citizen: If I have a general purpose (6 months) visa for the UK, and am currently in the UK, does that make it easier to get a visa for France. For example: I'm in the UK on the ...
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How does one find out whether a particular Intercités train on a particular route requires reservation?

How does one find out whether a particular Intercités train on a particular route requires a reservation?
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Can I visit Schengen countries on a long term French Visa?

I have requested for a French long term student visa from India. It's a national visa and not a Schengen visa. My question is that can we still go to other Schengen countries on this visa? If not then ...
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TGV Lyria seat plan: how to interpret it?

I'm taking a look at the seat plan for the Zurich-Paris TGV Lyria. The diagrams only show cars from 1 to 8, but the text says that cars are numbered 1-8 and 11-18. Is car 11 the same thing as car 1, ...
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Car rental in France with U.S. drivers license

We are planning a trip to Chamonix next winter. I was wondering if it is possible to rent a car there with an American drivers license. Also, is it recommended to buy local insurance or just use my ...
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Passport control location when travelling from Disneyland Resort (Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy) by train to London

I am an Indian planning to take a train from Disneyland Resort (Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy) to London. Please let me know where France Immigration exit and UK Immigration Entry will be done.
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Airport transit visa for Munich, if I have Long Stay visa type D for France (sauf CTOM)

I am an Indian citizen and I was granted a visa from the French Consulate. It says that my visa type is Long Stay "D" valid for France (sauf CTOM). I am going to Nice (France) via Munich (Germany), ...
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Can I buy pre-paid data plan in France for 4 weeks, without speaking French?

I am going to France (with a car) for just over 3 weeks. Is it possible to buy a pre-paid SIM card with Internet (around 500MB - 1GB), so I can use it with my phone? An important complication is that ...
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What is the fastest way to get from Courmayeur/Aosta to Milan?

We will be crossing the Italian/French border through Mont Blanc via cable cars, which we heard through Rick Steve's article: From France to Italy over Mont Blanc. We will be starting off in Chamonix ...