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. However, in this time I would like to travel the rest of Europe too. As an Australian I can spend 90 days in every 180 days without a visa in the Schengen countries.
Will being in France with the visa count towards the 90 days?
Assuming it doesn't, how will the authorities know how long I've been in the Schengen countries apart from France? I'll be flying to and from France.