FRANCE

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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.

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