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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Can I roller skate on the street in France?

I'm traveling to Europe soon and I'm wondering if I can legally skate on roads in France and if so, am I required by law to wear a helmet, reflective vest etc.
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Can I get a French visa in order to join the French Foreign Legion?

Is joining the French Foreign Legion a legit reason to acquire a visa to France?
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Do the SNCF fidelity “points monnaie” expire when switching status?

I am currently a member of the SNCF fidelity program and I am a "Grand Voyageur", a status that lets you collect points ("points monnaie") for every euro spent. Soon, it will be the anniversary of my ...
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What is “Member states of destination” on Visa application

I am traveling to Paris staying there for 5 days then flying to Spain and staying there for 10 days. My understanding is that since Spain is where I am spending most of the time then I should apply ...
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Driving in France with US driving license only (French driving license being kept in some French Consulate)

I live in Massachusetts, USA. I will go to California, USA one month in June, then go to France in July. I need to drive in these 3 places. As a French citizen, I have a US driving license and my ...
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Break journey on train from Nice to Eze

I was trying to book tickets from Nice to Eze, with a break, for same day at Beaulieu. While trying to book on http://uk.voyages-sncf.com/ I am not able to see any option of breaking my journey at an ...
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What do the dashes close to each other near French freeway exits mean?

During my last trip to France via car I noticed that French freeways (autoroutes) have a somewhat strange road marking I am not familiar with. Usually, there are two lanes going my direction on a ...
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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 ...
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Internal train travel in France - cheaper on day, or when pre-booked from UK?

My girlfriend and I are getting the Eurostar train to France next month, and we need to get a connecting train from Paris to Tours. I know I can book the train in advance, but can anyone tell me if ...
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Affordable and accessible accomodation options with car parking near Paris?

I am planning to visit Paris soon, but the hotel and parking costs are a major issue for me. For this reason, I am considering to stay in a hotel outside of Paris, with easy public transport ...
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Can I get a partial refund from SNCF?

I purchased a train ticket from Cherbourg to Reims from TGV Europe. This was two trains, a TER service from Cherbourg to Paris, and a double-decker TGV from Paris to Reims. The TGV part was a "prem", ...
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Scientific short stay work (Schengen) visa in France but enter Italy first? [duplicate]

I have a Schengen visa issued by France which is type C short stay scientific work visa (visa stamp has remark: scientific researcher), But i am looking to enter italy (Rome) and drive to France. ...
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Do I need to carry my passport while travelling within the Schengen area?

If I have already entered the Schengen area, when am I required by law to carry my passport? Basically do I need it when I Travel within the same city Change cities Board a flight or a train Cross ...
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What should be my expectations for airfare to France? [closed]

I live in the US and want to plan a trip to France. It would take place either during a summer or possibly next April. When I search for airfares, what should my expectations be? What counts as a good ...
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Can I change our assigned seats on our TGV Atlantic train itinerary?

I have just purchased train tickets for 2 travelling from Paris to Irun in June and was not given an option to choose or change our seats. Is it possible to do this with an existing reservation? The ...
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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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During a SNCF strike, how can I check what trains will run without going to the station?

It seems there's currently a national SNCF strike on at the moment, and I'm trying to work out if it'll affect my journey later. The people I booked my TGV tickets with advised me to check ...
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Delay due to strikes - can you claim on the SNCF Garantie Ponctualité?

Thanks to the question on checking SNCF trains during a strike, I was able to discover that one of my trains today was cancelled. Sadly though, the only alternative involved a very hefty delay and an ...
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How does the SNCF Voyageur program work?

I'm planning some TGV trips soon, but despite being a member of two different Railteam frequent traveller programs already, from this question it doesn't look like I'd be able to credit the journeys ...
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How can I search for French trains (only - no buses)?

I'm generally not a huge fan of rail replacement buses, and try to avoid them where possible. Recently, I've been looking at some French train travel, and bus journeys seem to keep creeping into the ...
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Is it too far to go to Eastern Europe on a 5-6 week holiday if I land in Paris?

So we're landing in Europe in September and planning to stay for about 5-6 weeks. We plan to land in Paris as it seems to have the cheapest flights from Australia but also we have to go to France ...
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Renting a car with automatic transmission in Paris

In France the vast majority of cars have manual transmission. To my knowledge, most of the cars with automatic transmission are luxury cars. Is it possible to rent a car with automatic transmission in ...
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Schengen visa denied two times by the French consulate, how to appeal? Can I send them an email? [closed]

Hi Guys 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 ...
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Can I apply for UK tourist visa from France if I have a Schengen visa issued by Germany?

I want to visit UK. I have a Schengen visa issued by Germany. Can I apply UK tourist visa from France? Or do I have to apply from Germany?
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Schengen Visa questions

I am planning a trip across Europe but I'm a bit sketchy on the details and would really appreciate some help with the following questions: 1) I have a temporary UK residency since I'm a student ...
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Prepaid SIM card in France with Free mobile

I bought a SIM card for 29.99 euros from Free mobile, offering unlimited data for 30 days in France. I used my credit card and they didn't take down any of my personal details. I used the address of ...
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What is the most convenient possibility to rent a kayak for the Allier?

A friend and I are members in a kayaking club in Germany, and want to go to our club's tour on the Allier. We have a common friend who is interested in coming along, but she is not officially a club ...
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If I travel to Paris, can I get by with just English?

If I plan on visiting Paris, but not really the rest of France, is it still important for me to learn at least enough French to get by? Are people in Paris going to be willing to speak English if they ...
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UK and France visa

I am planning to go to the UK with my brother. I've been to the UK two times last year, but my brother is a freshy and this will be his first foreign trip. We want to travel to Paris during our visit ...
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How to get by train from Normandy to Versailles?

What is the best way to get by train from the Mont Saint Michel area to Versailles, France?
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Having a pleasant dining experience in a hotel with a baby?

I am a new parent looking to book a stay in Paris and am worried want a pleasant dining experience that does not endanger my 10 month old. Since the Madeleine McCann story I don't think it is ...
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Changing plans after getting a Schengen visa

I am an Indian student in the UK. If I already had a single entry Schengen visa and I apply again to the French embassy, will I be issued with multiple-entry? If I get the visa, but due to a problem, ...
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Bus line 21 from Nice to Castellane

It is my first time traveling to France, and I want to visit the beautiful Gorges du Verdon. I've booked a place at Castellane, and before going there, I'll be at Nice. I've done some research on how ...
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To Apply for a visa: need “one-year health insurance” - but can only book insurance for 365 days

I wish to apply for a working holiday visa for France. One of the requirements in order to get the visa is: "Compulsory one-year health insurance (covering all risks of sickness, maternity, ...
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SA in UK require French Schengen

I am a South African currently in the UK (Wales) on a visiting visa. I work on a cruise line that has there embarkation in Monte Carlo (France). My company is stating a Schengen visa to basically get ...
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If I get a visa for France, will my time in France still count towards the 90/180 day Schengen limit? [duplicate]

I am an Australian interested in travelling to Europe for over 6 months. I am eligible to get a working holiday visa for France, which will allow me to stay and work in France for up to a year. ...
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We want to travel from Greece to Paris with same Schengen visa

We just got our visa for Greece and we are thinking that if it is Schengen visa we should also travel to Paris. Will the same visa will work? Will there be a problem using the same visa? We are ...
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Travel within Schengen and Romania with French carte de séjour

I am not an EU citizen and I am moving to France. I received a 90 days visa saying "type C" on it with an attached but unstamped note saying that: 1) this in fact is a "D type" (long stay) visa 2) as ...
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Arrival and departure date records of people entering and departing France

The US Department of Homeland Security provides online access to arrival and departure date records of nonimmigrant aliens entering and departing the United States. Do some French agency provide the ...
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How can I find out if someone is in the Schengen Information System (SIS)?

Long story short my elderly mom (74) with USA passport overstayed in Spain and got a fine put on her coming out of France. She did not tell us how long she would be banned for. I want her to come see ...
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How to rent a flat in France for about a month

My knowledge is that you cannot rent a flat in France if you don't have job there, tax bill and other weird stuff which indicates that you are more french than Charles de Gaulle. Is it true? I'm ...
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Paris with a less touristic neighborhood [closed]

I know that's Paris is a touristic city, anyway, I guess that's probably a arrondissement or area with less touristic moviment. So, I'm looking for a non-tourist neighborhood to stay for a few days ...
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How happily will taxis cross the triple-point borders around Basel?

I am looking at travelling to Basel, Switzerland early next week (Tuesday). It would appear that hotels are very hard to come by at a reasonable price, so I am looking at staying in Mulhouse in nearby ...
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Driving from Genoa to The Hague with an LPG car

We are a family of 4, two adults + 5 years old + 8 months old. We are traveling to The Hague, Holland from Genoa, Italy. We decided to go by car, and we are trying to calculate costs. So here it goes: ...
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Do French immigration police at St. Pancras for Eurostar speak English?

I'm travelling on Eurostar from London to Paris next week, and speak very little French. I'm meeting a friend of mine in Paris who does speak French, so there shouldn't be any problem there, but ...
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Can I buy a prepaid mobile data plan while on route in France?

I will be driving through France soon and would like to have a local prepaid sim with data capabilities. I found a very interesting sollution in the French Connection, but I need a French delivery ...
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Prepaid SIM card for data in France (Paris)

I'm going to travel to Paris in two weeks for 5 days. I'd like to buy a prepaid SIM card for my phone, no calls or SMS needed - only data is sufficient. I've looked through French mobile operators and ...
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Price of complément de parcours varies depending on where I buy it: why?

I have a Navigo monthly pass, valid for zones 1 to 3. When I try to buy a 'complement de parcours' to Aeroport CDG from Arcueil-Cachan, it shows me the price to be something between 7€ and 8€. From ...
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Is there a list of countries that do not reset the time limit for Canada visits?

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. Is there similarly a rule for ...
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What do shops mean when they are open 7/7?

When I have been in mainland Europe, in areas such as France or Belgium, a lot of the shops say they're open "7/7". The latter 7 presumably means 'every day' like in 24/7, but what about the other 7? ...