Be welcome

France is the world's #1 tourist destination with 83 million visitors each year. Tourists are staying longer and are more diverse. There has been a marked increase in Brazilians, Russians and Asians, particularly the Chinese. Its monuments are iconic, its culture rich, its cuisine revered, its countryside breathtaking and its ski slopes tops in the world. Wine tourism is on the rise with 24 million visitors to the wine regions annually.

LGBTQ community will find the welcome mat out throughout the country, particularly in Paris, Provence, the Côte d'Azur and along the coast from Marseilles to the Spanish border. Gay Pride celebrations take place in several dozen cities with many other LGBTQ activities year around.

France has been in the forefront of recognizing LGBTQ rights, beginning with the French Revolution when it became the first Western European country to decriminalize sexual acts between consenting adults. In 1985, employment and services discrimination based on lifestyle was outlawed. France became the 14th country to recognize same-sex marriage in May 2013. Same-sex couples also have the right to adopt children. Polls indicate most French support the new laws, but some protests have been staged.