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Henri IV (1553-1610)
The first king of the Bourbon Dynasty and one of the most popular kings of ...France, Henry IV of France took the decision to abjure Protestantism. He was crowned in Chartres (25th February 1594) and signed the Edict of Nantes (13th April 1598) which led to the end of the Wars of Religion. Peace had finally come to unified France.
Geography of France
From the mainland to its overseas territories, France has an extraordinary ...natural heritage full of contrasts and a large variety of landscapes. Mountain ranges, plains, rivers, islands…All this and more to discover in our overview of the geography of France.
Museums in the regions
The leading country in cultural wealth, France’s artistic attractions extend ...far beyond Paris. Visit some of the biggest museums in the region through these slide shows.
A gastronomic country par excellence, France is rich with regional specialities ...that are part of its global reputation. Discover the main recipe of every region in France.
Sweets and confectionery available in ...France
France boasts over 600 varieties of regional confectionery: boiled sugar candy ...and lollypops, gumdrops, fruit jellies, marzipan, pastilles, chewing-gums, nougats, marshmallow, candied fruit, and many more, each with its own particular history.
Cosmetic Valley – a Competitive Hub
What do Guerlain lipstick, Yves Saint Laurent perfume and Clarins day cream have ...in common? All three products come from the Cosmetic Valley competitive hub – the world's number one supply centre for perfumes and cosmetics.
Chaumont Garden Festival
Wander from one garden to another guided by the different worlds of plants ...proposed by designers architects and landscape gardeners from all over the world.
The Way of Saint James in France
In order to reach Spain, pilgrims travelling to Santiago de Compostela can ...choose from one of four routes that run through France. Many monuments have been built along these historical roads to welcome the pilgrims.
At the heart of the Touraine region, le Château d'Azay-le-Rideau is built on an ...island in the middle of the Indre River. This jewel of the French Renaissance was built under the reign of King Francis I. Spectacular views of the carved stone facade, reflected in the water, can be enjoyed from the majestic landscaped garden.