France recorded 83.7 million visitors to their country l ast year, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Only one other nation surpassed the 70 million mark - the US, with 74.8 million, while plucky Britain trundled home i n eighth place, with 32.6 million people heading to our shores – not that much more than a third of the total going to France. Looked at another way; that means one country garners around eight per cent of the world’s total number of i nternational tourists ( around 1.133 billion l ast year). How bonkers i s that? So how did a nation – not always renowned for the warmth of its welcome, and where English, the world l anguage, is far from guaranteed to be spoken – perch on so high a pedestal? Well there are just so many reasons - best you go see for yourself.