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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.

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Chamonix

Chamonix

Haute-Savoie, France

High in the Alps at the foot of Mount-Blanc, Chamonix is one of France's oldest ski resorts and site of the 1924 Winter Olympics. A primary mode of transportation is the...
Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral

Chartres, France

The Chartres Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Gothic architecture and magnificent 12th and 13th century stained-glass windows. One of the...
Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France

Promenade des Anglais

Nice, France

Promenade des Anglais is an iconic promenade along the azure waters of the Baie des Anges. That wealthy Englishmen who favored Nice for balmy vacations paid to have it...
Musée Toulouse-Lautrec

Musée Toulouse-Lautrec

Albi, France

Toulouse-Lautrec, the crippled artist played so brilliantly by Jose Ferrer in "Moulin Rouge" in 1952, is forever associated with the Montmartre underbelly, but it is in...
Le Marais, Paris, France

Le Marais

Paris, France

The gayest part of "Gay Paree" since the 1980s is Le Marais, a historic quartier filled with medieval buildings, chic boutiques and bustling cafés, spilling out on...
Verdon Gorge

Verdon Gorge

Verdon, France

The Verdon Gorge is a breathtaking limestone canyon stretching 16 miles (25 km) and almost a half-mile deep in some places. Cut by the turquoise-colored Verdon River,...
Château de Chenonceau

Château de Chenonceau

Loire

Built with graceful arches across the River Cher, the romantic Château de Chenonceau is one of the most famous and photographed of the Loire Valley castles. Construction...
Route de la Lavande

Route de la Lavande

Provence, France

The Lavender Route is over 900 miles (1,500 km) of roads passing by fragrant lavender fields where 80 per cent of the world's lavender is grown. The season runs from...
Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel

Normandy, France

The medieval abbey-fortress Mont Saint-Michel lies a half mile (1 km) off shore, separated from the mainland except at low tide. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979,...
Clignancourt Flea Market, Paris, France

Clignancourt Flea Market

Paris, France

The largest antique market in the world takes place every weekend as well over 100,000 people stream in the Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, commonly called "Les Puces" (fleas)...
Palais des Papes

Palais des Papes

Avignon, France

The imposing Palais des Papes was the "Vatican" of the Roman Catholic Church in the 14th century during the Avignon Papacy, a succession of seven French Popes. One of...
Versailles Palace and Gardens, Paris, France

Versailles Palace and Gardens

Paris, France

Versailles, perhaps the world's largest palace, makes a good day trip from Paris. The most convenient way of getting there by pubic transportation is the suburban RER C...
Monet's Garden (Giverny)

Monet's Garden (Giverny)

Giverny, France

Monet's Garden, the subject of some of the artist's most famous paintings, makes a nice day trip from Paris. It is really two gardens: a flower garden in front of the...
D-Day Beaches

D-Day Beaches

Normandy, France

On June 6, 1944, the Allies launched the largest amphibious invasion in history on five stretches of Normandy beaches. The bloody battle would mark the beginning of the...
Château de Chambord

Château de Chambord

Loir-et-Cher, France

François I began building the great Renaissance hunting lodge at Chambord in the early 16th century, but all told he spent only 72 days there and then only a few days at...
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Centre Georges Pompidou

Paris, France

The Pompidou Center, commonly known as Beaubourg, changed the face of Paris when it opened in 1977 in a rundown neighborhood that once had been the public market. It...

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