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Make sure you have your identity card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, take care of your visa or other necessary documentation ahead of time.
France has a temperate climate with 4 types of climate: oceanic, continental, Mediterranean and mountainous. In Paris, the average temperature in the summer is 20ºC and in the winter 5ºC.
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Geography & politics
France is located in Western Europe and is part of the European Union. It is a semi-presidential democratic republic.
Tipping & paying
Most places accept credit card payments, but it is always useful to have some money with you. France is part of the Eurozone, so the currency is the Euro (EUR). It is not common to tip in restaurants, as the bill already has a service charge added to the total.
Languages & useful phrases
French is the official language. In French: "Bonjour" = hello; "S’il vous plaît" = please; "Merci beaucoup" = thank you very much.
What you should do
Learn a few phrases in French. The French are very proud of their culture and like it when those who visit their country make an effort to learn their language.
What you shouldn’t do
Do not talk to someone using the informal "tu" if the expected is the formal "vous". Depending on the context and how well you know someone, always use "vous" if you’re not sure, as a sign of respect. Use "tu" with friends or family.
What to wear
Fashion and looks are considered very important and can help to make a great first impression. Go for a formal and neat style, with good taste. Accessories also count—as well as shoes!
When meeting someone for the first time, greet them with a handshake. When meeting up with friends, it’s normal to give two kisses on the cheeks, except between men.