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France presents a very diversified coastline.
 Eating and drinking
 Money / language / infrastructure
France is part of the European monetary union ; official currency is the Euro.
French people do not speak english very well. This is less true among young people, however.
 Weather / Climate
 Currents and tides
Depending on the region, the tides are very different, ranging from very strong to inexistant.
 Currents and tides in the North-West coast
In this region, the tides are strong. Tidal streams can reach 10 knots (in the Raz Blanchard, Normandy). Maximal tidal amplitude is about 10 to 12 meters.
 Currents and tides in south Brittany
Tides are significative and must be taken into account for navigation. Maximal tidal amplitude is about 4 to 6 meters.
 Currents and tides in the Mediterranean
In these waters, tides and tidal streams are very weak, and can be neglected for navigation purposes.
The demand for navigation is different, depending on the area.
 Navigation in the English Channel
 Navigation in the Atlantic
 Navigation in the Mediterranean
 Moorings and anchorages
 Sailing areas
-  SHOM tidal predictions (in french). The SHOM (Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de
la Marine) is the official french agency in charge of hydrographic data.