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waters English Channel, Atlantic, Mediterranean
political Europe

France presents a very diversified coastline.


[edit] Eating and drinking


[edit] Travel

[edit] 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.

[edit] Weather / Climate

[edit] Currents and tides

Depending on the region, the tides are very different, ranging from very strong to inexistant.

[edit] 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.

[edit] 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.

[edit] Currents and tides in the Mediterranean

In these waters, tides and tidal streams are very weak, and can be neglected for navigation purposes.

[edit] Navigation

The demand for navigation is different, depending on the area.

[edit] Navigation in the English Channel

[edit] Navigation in the Atlantic

[edit] Navigation in the Mediterranean

[edit] Moorings and anchorages

[edit] Sailing areas

[edit] Tips

[edit] Images

[edit] Literature

[edit] Weblinks

  • [1] SHOM tidal predictions (in french). The SHOM (Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de

la Marine) is the official french agency in charge of hydrographic data.