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With 79.1 million foreign tourists in 2006, France is ranked as the first tourist destination in the world, ahead of Spain (55.6 million in 2005) and the United States (49.4 million in 2005).
France features cities of high cultural interest, Paris being the foremost, beaches and seaside resorts, ski resorts, and rural regions that many enjoy for their beauty and tranquility. Next to more casual tourism, France also attracts religious pilgrims to Lourdes which hosts a few million tourists a year.
With an estimated population of 64 million people, France is the 23rd most populous country in the world. France's largest cities are Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice, and Nantes.
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Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and North Sea, onto the Atlantic Ocean from the Rhine. Due to the territory’s geometric shape, the French refer to Metropolitan France as L’Hexagone.
France is bordered by a host of countries, including Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco and Spain. France also shares borders with Brazil and Suriname, both of which border French Guiana, and the Netherlands Antilles which borders Saint-Martin. Metropolitan France is also linked to the United Kingdom by the Channel Tunnel which passes underneath the English Channel.
France has rail connections to all neighbouring countries in Europe, except Andorra. The railway network in France is the most extensive in Western Europe. There are also ten major ports in France – the largest of which is in Marseille. This is also the largest port to border the Mediterranean Sea.
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